Controversial and ultra-raunchy female entertainer Ishawna has hit a firestorm of negativity as a result of a degrading reference to the national bandana outfit and its most noted exponent, national cultural treasure, the late Louise Bennett-Coverley.
With a compelling desire for the public spotlight, it seemed that Ishawna, having recently ventured into really hot waters and coming out victorious with her ‘Equal Rights’ tune which demands oral sex on behalf of females from their male partners, hit the controversial button again in an entirely different scenario, in which she has less chance than a snowball in hell of getting anything but wide-scale flak.
Declaring her style, she makes it clear on her Instagram page that she “nuh wear tablecloth like Miss Lou”, possibly naively not recognizing or appreciating the national cultural significance of the bandana outfits that school children at the primary level and below are required to wear at least once per year as a national symbol.
And like a ton of bricks, the critics came out to sock it to her, including the for the clearly demeaning reference to the iconic and universally loved (except perhaps Ishawna) ‘Miss Lou’.
Among the many uncomplimentary comments on her statement were the following:
“You call our national outfit tablecloth???? U is a f…… eediat b….”.
“Is not even about Ms Lou, it's that the bandana is Jamaica's national outfit”.
“A true she irrelevant yah now, so she haffi pull off a stunt!”
“As the years go by people get more selfish and hard. Once upon a time people could read and comprehend.”
“Lou pave the way for our culture to be accepted, so that you can have an international career. Plz put on some clothes. Think u would look better covered in table cloth!!!”
Girl u shouldn't have, plus that's our national dress. That tablecloth is our national dress. Certainly u don't expect Miss lou to dress like a slut. Call somebody else name, just not Miss Lou. If u want to go naked, that's ur business, but don't u dare dis a national icon. U idiot or what? U depon this freedom n equality s…, but with rights comes great responsibility. Please remember that wonder woman. U wanna sound intelligent, but didn't u read over before u post u s…? Couldn't u find a better caption? That's all u could have come with? What (happen), u song got stale n u needed one more highlight?”
From I baan I neva c a gyal more outta order fi a talk bou Miss Lou da wear tablecloth. Maybe if u da wear d same tablecloth (bandana) u would look better than dressing in those skimpy outfits.”
“Not even notice unu, but unu spend time a notice har. Unu big and idle nuh …”
“Yuh brite nuh fetch. I like you, but I love Miss Lou. Yuh NEED fi apologise”.
“Careless talking gal… Know your culture and don't be a dumb a*#”.
Almost totally hidden among the ‘rubble’ under which she was being ‘buried’ was a single comment in favour of Ishawna:
“(She) made a statement just referring to her sexy look. Who da f… cares. How she diss the woman? Like seriously, people need to lighten up and stop carry heavy hate. It ugly and sad.”