12 January 2011 by Karin in Fashion [ 55 comments ]
Attention is once again focused on the issue of skin bleaching in Jamaica, thanks mainly to Vybz Kartel who recently commented that bleaching was no different really than white people wanting to tan themselves.
As Annie Paul points out in her recent post, skin bleaching is no doubt an act of wanting to “improve” one’s colour in the mistaken belief that whiter skin is “better” somehow than darker skin.
Bleaching seems to be working for Mr. Kartel as he declares in his new song ”from de gal dem look pon me dey tell me dem love me” (please listen to the lyrics of this song).
I’m not sure what it’s going to take for those involved in bleaching to consider the damage they’re doing to their skin and desist but I doubt Mr. Kartel’s remarks will help. His new lighter countenance is far more likely to encourage further imitation.