Monday, June 27, 2011

Can You Cross It...?

Enter Clifton Brown; if you are Jamaican you should know this name and story well unless you have been living under a rock. Let's not assume however and make an ass out of 'u' and 'me'. So basically this area is prone to flooding and when this happens the road is lost under a sea of water essentially shutting off various communities. This has been a long standing issue for the residents of Mavis Bank which has been highlighted by media in situations like this before but because of this video and the creative genius of a university student it lingers on in our minds as more than an afterthought...

From there the video went viral and started being passed around and shared all over the internet to the point that American known media conglomerate CBS did a story on the very video. From there many wondered if this man really knew the part he had played in all of this and hopefully was getting something from his supposed rise to fame; that question was soon answered when we saw an interview on Smile Jamaica featuring both him and the university student who had started his rise to internet stardom.

I for one am ashamed at the conduct of these so-called TV celebrities for carrying the man on their set and making such a blatant mockery of him. You would at least expect them to have some decency and professional courtesy to approach the matter with some decorum. For something as serious as what the issue started out being it quickly became a mockery of Clifton Browns good intentions. Sadly even when he realized what was really happening behind it all and tried to untarnish his name that only made the situation worse. This man may not be the most educated well spoken man out there but he answered the call of his community and did his best to help the people. He is just a good hearted Christian minded man who wants a bridge for his community for everyone's benefit.

Honestly though I sincerely wish Mr. Clifton Brown the best in his drive to get a bridge for his community and I am very happy to say that seemingly even if for the wrong purpose he seems to be getting that help. The people over at LIME seem to realize the hype behind Clifton and want to negotiate a deal where he would help advertise for them and in return they will help in the building or procurement of a means to build a bridge for the Mavis Bank community. You can see the article here. Well lets hope that the hype behind this whole ordeal lasts just long enough for a bridge to be built or something for these people; with how things are in Jamaican culture we just might see that happen...

Sadly until then nobody will be able to cross it...


June 28, 2011 at 12:16 AM

Very very very disappointed in those people d song ting well everybody use everyday life to make hit songs bt doesnt mean its rite bt still i dnt knw hw d legal ting go into it wen it comes to paying n so forth, the deal wid getting d bridge i knw dat was d main reason he went on smile jamaica n to get treated like dat sad sad but as dem always seh, duppy know who fi frighten

chu ^_^

June 28, 2011 at 12:17 AM

I have to say, I was so upset with the two men who were interviewing him. it was so disrespectful and I think really shows the class level in our society and how they think. Not because the man is from "country" mean they have to talk to him like he's illiterate in some aspect, those two knew better than to make a mockery of the man. Instead of actually using this time to promote and help spread the word so we can pull together to get the bridge there they are more concern with the DJ Powa and the money when the man is sitting right there. Total BS and it is sad to see our interviewers behave such a way since they are from "higher class"

June 28, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Reason i said no to him getting paid yes he was d one humiliated bt i tink a donation to making dat bring is a better choice

June 28, 2011 at 1:26 AM

totally agree with you Grey1 i was thinking the same thing. Renie's words i think he should get paid so that he can whether start the bridge building project himself or something.

June 28, 2011 at 1:52 AM

At the beginning I thought it was abit funny, but after those ridiculous questions they were asking Clifton, it really an eye opener how they thought, interacted with "di country man" cause "country" don't know any better? just be as low and make a mockery of our illiteracy issue we greatly suffer from. It's one thing if the man was actually a joker and another when It's clear he was there for a serious matter that he thought was important and serious interview, besides his "popularity."

June 28, 2011 at 2:04 AM

i felt bad cause honestly from day one he was genuinely just trying to talk properly and not be the typical country or ghetto type person chatting patois horribly on camera. and to know it turned out to be worse than if he just did it naturally i feel it for him. cant help but laugh at first but wen u gonna draw it out and go as far as to bring the man on national tv and purposefully goad him to say certain things for amusement when the matter is very serious its just not right at all.

June 28, 2011 at 2:29 AM

yea I agree, same thing I saying, total crap and degrading the man.

June 29, 2011 at 9:15 PM

bowy the man go through nuff.

July 17, 2011 at 9:51 PM

Can't lie... like every other person, the first few times I saw that "music video" made by Dj Powa, I cracked up!!
But as time went, and I saw the levels of mockery Clifton was receiving, it just got serious to me. People have forgotten the actual reason for Clifton's interview and concern for his community and he has become the laughing stock.
It honestly just goes to show that the very ones that claim to be 'educated' or of a higher class, are no better those that aren't.

Embarrassed is an understatement for what I felt when I saw them on Tvj's morning programme. I hope when Neville and Simon reviewed that interview, they will take a look at their ridiculous behaviours, and will be ashamed. They need a wake up call, cuz I dunno who's been fooling them.

July 17, 2011 at 9:55 PM

i know right. since it happened though they made a public apology and i hear that simon retired. dunno if this played a part in it or not but at least they apologized.

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