In a publication made yesterday on the Gleaner official Instagram account ‘Letter of the Day’ titled “Are We Now Celebrating Statutory Rape?”
“It is rather unfortunate that at a time like this, when our children’s advocates should be vocal, they are so silent. What am I speaking of, you may ask? It is the case of a young lady, at 18 years old, becoming pregnant by Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer’s 15-year-old son. This, according to our rule of law, constitutes statutory rape”, the letter read.
The letter continued. “It is rather disheartening to witness the hypocrisy in discussion on the issue across various platforms, with many seeing it as something to be lauded. Had it been a 15-year-old girl and an 18-year-old male, we would have been singing a different Sankey”.
“What is even more frightening is that the grandparents-to-be are so caught up in the celebration that they have hosted a baby shower for the pair. What has our society come to? Let us not be fooled, if this were to happen in other countries, that young lady would be facing criminal charges – and she should be”, the letter writer stated.
The writer, Asheki Spooner, Executive Director of Advocate for CHANGE Jamaica, said society ought not “turn a blind eye to a situation that begs for a child to raise a child”.
Hundreds of GAZA fans and Vybz Kartel himself celebrated his son saying that the young couple are “millionaires” and would have enough money to care for the child. But the Advocate says “Money is not what raises a child. A child needs to be supported emotionally, educationally, psychologically and physically as well.”
Vybz Kartel responded to the post by saying, “we all know they work closely with the government / police as the avenue in which they use to brainwash impressionable minds and serve their totalitarian agenda, though sometimes acting as a sort of ‘controlled resistance’ to appease John brown”, he said.
Kartel further adds , “I’ve studied closely the history of all media in Jamaica and trust me when i say The gleaner is by far the worst of the worst. To put it simply , if you are the descendant of Africans in this country, you should never buy even a page from these activists of conservatism. If the gleaner had its way, slavery would surely return!”.