Ishawna dissed Miss Lou

July 14, 2017
The image of national icon Miss Lou is placed on a banner at and put on display during Jamaica 50th Independence Gala held at the National Stadium in 2012.

I don't usually comment on the utterances of many of today's so-called entertainers because, frankly, they aren't worth it. For too many of them, music is not about passion, it's only about the hustle. There is no desire to be global, only good enough to 'eat a food' on their respective 'corners'.

However, this week, one of these so-called entertainers posted something on one of her social media pages that I believe is disparaging to one of our cultural icons. It also sets a bad precedent for the many youngsters who might happen to look up to her.

I refer to a young woman called Ishawna, who, over the past couple years, has been embroiled in several high-profile personal sagas that I suppose has made her even more popular than before. Before I go on, I must admit to a few things.

I don't know anything about the woman. I don't know her music. I don't know her. This is purely an observation based on the information I have. So, just about a week ago, the entertainer posted a picture of herself on her Instagram page. She was clad in what looks like a bathing suit, pink boots and what looks like a pink fur coat.




Her weave cascaded down each side of her ample bosom and her eyes are looking downwards. In the post beneath are the words "Mi nuh dress inna tablecloth like Miss Lou #RipMissLou."

I take umbrage to this reference to Miss Lou because she is a woman that I have admired since childhood. She brought me great joy during my childhood with Ring Ding that used to air on JBC on a Saturday morning. Miss Lou is a huge cultural icon, who, as far as I am concerned, is as close to being a national hero as you can get.

She often wore cultural costumes, like the bandana which 'mslegendary' ignorantly refers to as 'tablecloth'. Now, I don't know if Ishawna knows the origins of the bandana and its role in our country's history. But I do find her comments offensive because, with them, she is maligning our heritage.

We like to copy the European and American lifestyles and modes of dress while ignoring our own, and for kids looking on, this is another excuse for them to sink further into the chasm of ignorance that already engulfs so many.

For someone who has as much influence as Ishawna, you would think that this would be an opportunity to teach her young followers and bring them into the light rather than guiding them, further into the darkness that continues to hurt this country.

To prove my point, watch now as her fans react to my point of view.

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