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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Emprezz “Talk Up Yout” TV Show is Irresponsible and Reckless

After reviewing  and analyzing the content of Television Jamaica new TV show called “Talk Up Yout”  hosted by Emprezz on January 31, 2012, I found the topic (Transactional Sex) to be misleading, as well as the underlining  tone of the conversation continues to re-enforced the stereotype  that all homosexuals are harmful predators, contagions and pedophiles.  


A matter a fact, using an emotionally battered, abused and confused ‘Ex-gay’ young man as a guest on her show was utterly irresponsible, and extremely narcissistic.

Child abuse in Jamaica is alarming. According to a gleaner report on November 5, 2011, Mr. Grieg Smith the Executive Director at the Office of the Children Registry (OCR) stated that “ more than 20,000 cases of  child abuse that the office has received since 2007, close to 6,000 occurred since the start of the year 2011. Also women are the main perpetrators.” Pedophilia is one form of child abuse, carried out by adults, especially those who are close to us, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This callous and anus act on the lives of our children should be reported and the perpetrators be punished under the full force of the law.

Kevin (Enprezz guest) was a victim of Pedophilia and an Ex-Transactional Sex Worker. In helping this young man to overcome his past atrocities, coming out on local Jamaican TV was considered to be a automatic death sentence or perhaps a suicidal attempt by concerned citizens. Just recently, Jamaica’s prominent Gay Rights Activist Maurice Tomlinson fled Jamaica due to receiving several death threats. Sadly, even members from the police force advice him to leave the country to preserve his life. Now! Will Emprezz and TVJ going to protect the life of Kevin a non-gender conformed, effeminate ‘Ex-gay’ young man from being attacked and killed in Jamaica? Regrettably, if any harm comes to this young man for coming out on this TV show, TVJ and Emprezz should be held accountable for endangering the young man life.

Therefore, instead of demonizing and portraying homosexuals as pedophiles, which will only inflame intolerance and the promotion of homophobic attacks on gays within our society, the host Emprezz could have dealt with the interview more impartially, sensibly and responsibly. She should have taken measures to conceal the young man identity, while he shares his story. His life will never be the same. Child abuse is everybody business in Jamaica, so let us stem this cultural epidemic and stop the demonizing pronouncements