Entertainers question practicality of Labour Day theme

May 24, 2019
Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett
Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett

The focus for the activities organised to commemorate Labour Day this year was centred on children's safety.

Previous Labour Day themes were also focused on children, including in 2010 ('Our Children...Show them We Care'), and 2015 ('Labour of Love, Nurturing Our Children').

Many entertainers have answered the call to participate in Labour Day projects in the past, which may or may have not followed the theme outlined.

But some entertainers questioned the practicality of this year's theme.

Speaking to THE WEEKEND STAR, Yanique 'Curvy Diva' Barrett said, "The fact that the government has seen it fit for them to focus on children's safety this year is commendable, but is it practical? Outside of painting a crosswalk sign, more needs to be done at the community level because children's safety is bigger than Labour Day, even though starting it now for the occasion is a good move in the right direction."

The media personality/recording artiste says a theme like this requires one-on-one engagement with the nation's youth.

Making reference to the statistics that 15 per cent of 1,510 children reported missing in 2018 are still unaccounted for, Barrett said, "Children being educated more about their own safety, walking in groups and not talking to strangers, plus teaching them what to do if they are approached by a stranger should be the focus. It's very sad that so many children have not been found. I think, as a parent, it resonates more when you think about your own child going missing and how you would cope with not knowing what has happened, and trying to think about what you could have done differently."

Bounty Killer said, "I still believe it takes a village to raise a child, but some people are selfish and have moved away from this long-held Jamaican tradition. That, as well as look out for your neighbour and your neighbour will look out for you."

He said the perception is that a person who speaks is an informer, and the youth are exposed more and more each day to this thinking.

"Let's not talk about informer and informer culture that has influenced how we do things. The focus needs to be practical and on protecting the children at other levels, because it is all about saving lives," he said.

Last year, the entertainer, known by his hardcore persona, donated paint and participated in the activities to give the 'birthplace of the nation', the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, a facelift - which he did again this year.

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