Malahoo Forte condemned for comments on US Embassy's rainbow flag

June 14, 2016
Photo: Jermaine Barnaby

Attorney General, Marlene Malahoo Forte, has come under fire for comments she made about the rainbow flag erected at the US Embassy following the mass shooting at a gay club in Florida on Sunday.

“I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView,” Malahoo Forte tweeted on Monday.

And the US Embassy was quick to respond.

“@mmalahooforte we're listening. Explain the legal reasoning? It was an attack of terror !! and!! hate, targeting the LGBT community,” the embassy's tweet read.

While there was no response tweeted from Malahoo-Forte to the Embassy, social media users are condemning the Attorney General for her comments.

"Not the time nor place for certain opinions to be publicly aired especially from someone of her standing. The US Embassy is considered American soil therefore they have every right to fly that flag. It was not flown in resistance to Jamaica's cultural views/attitudes towards homosexuality but rather in support for what happened in Orlando," one social media user wrote. 

"This is a period of heightened sensitivity and in-spite of our cultural differences out of respect for the LGBT community it should not have been said on a public platform.#MyPersonalView," the post continued.

Another user who expressed that he had always been supporting her, admitted that her comments were uncalled for. 

"As one of your biggest supporters Madam AG that was really unnecessary! As the chief expert on law for the govt, if it warranted a tweet, then it could be resolved by conferencing with the US ambassador," he wrote.

The Embassy tweeted that it has been flying the American flag at half-mast in memory of the victims of the mass killing in an Orlando gay nightclub.


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