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Lashley responds to critics of ‘Blows’

Saying he agrees there is cause for concern, Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley has added his voice to the raging controversy surrounding the recently-released music video Blows, performed by Rameses Brown and Lady Essence.

In a statement yesterday, Lashley also said while he recognized the right of artistes to freedom of expression, they must also be socially responsible.

And he warned that “where there is an overstepping of the bounds of decency and there is negative public response, then they [the artistes] cannot be upset when the consuming public expresses its views”.

He emphasized that even though artistes may choose to depict “generally unacceptable or lewd behaviours in their music videos or songs”, they must be prepared for the public’s response to their product.   

Brown’s video went viral on social media last weekend, but not necessarily for the right reasons, as its name became synonymous with the harsh “blows” it got from the viewing public.

Widespread criticism of its lewd content eventually forced the artistes to pull the controversial video content, amid promises by their management that an amended version would be issued shortly.

However, Lashley said the video not only provides an “opportunity for discussion of what we as a society will accept” but also reveals the tremendous impact music and music videos can have on the wider public.

“Artistes, whether or not they acknowledge it, are role models in our society, and there is a public expectation that they will live up to that responsibility. I believe that the producers should accept the concerns raised and address them in future productions,” he advised.

7 Responses to Lashley responds to critics of ‘Blows’

  1. Wade Gibbons
    Wade Gibbons June 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

    What amuses me is that Crop Over is a secular festival, has always been and always will be. Yet every year people complaining about wukking up, wukking down, this, that and the other. We can’t have it both ways. Crop Over is not GospelFest so we should not be “shocked” by some of the things we see. The video “Blows” has broken no laws as far as indecent exposure and the like are concerned so what is the fuss? Why don’t people complain about the Walk Holy band on Kadooment Day? Walk Holy in a secular-centered parade? What rubbish! Now that is what should be banned.

  2. Alex Alleyne June 3, 2016 at 11:34 am


    • Coralita June 4, 2016 at 2:55 am

      Who kill off Allison Hinds???

      Last time I checked, Allison Hinds is still doing very well on the entertainment scene. She was priviledged to sing the USA Anthem just a few months ago at a ball game and did extremely well and she is also into acting. She still travels extensively to perform. Everybody can’t be a Rhianna and everyone’s journey is different.

  3. Tony Waterman June 3, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Last year it was (Salt – HEADBOARD [2013 Barbados Crop Over][Rich Again Riddim, Platta Studios]) ( and Captain Sawyer with the TRUTH (De Sugar Daddy – Captain Sawyer (Crop Over 2015). they “The PREDES” wanted him Banned from all Competition, they wanted his Head on a Platter, tnata was an actual quote from a Woman’s Group

    so this is not the first time, that there was a Controversial Cropover Song, those two i mentioned above came and went, and so will this one, those who like it wil buy it, and those who don’t like it, will NOT buy it, the Market WILL Decide the fate of the Artists.

    Minister of Culture, Sports and Youth Stephen Lashley Said “Artistes, whether or not they acknowledge it, are role models in our society, and there is a public expectation that they will live up to that responsibility.” Why not push for Parents and or guardians be the REAL Role Models for our Children, these Artists have no affiliation to any of these Children, and in most cases only see them as their Wage Earner, Nothing Else.

    • Coralita June 4, 2016 at 2:59 am

      I gine have to agree wid yah on the last paragraph. I keep saying that parents should be the role models of their children, them is who get them no one else. I said so when they were trying to get Rhianna to raise the people children and mind you, Rhianna aint got one single child.

      That ‘role model’ cliche real tired though!!!

  4. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry June 3, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    just another opportune political media moment!! i saw Allison Hinds, lil rick peter ram pull ppl on stage and wuk up pon dem not a peep but as soon as Ramses do he stuff politicians on de bandwagon……..go earn ya pay and actually make a difference besides throwing a festival every year!!!

  5. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty June 3, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Now perhaps the Minister’s call for a more acceptable standard of conduct by those in the music industry in Barbados warrent the same consideration, as the African American music vedios of the 1980s, which objectified black women, and the Jamaican reggae which glamorized gun violence in the middle 80s?


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