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Letter of the Day | No bastard nuh deh again!

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Krystal Tomlinson and Beenie Man. File

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Permit me to respond to the unfortunate publication in this forum on July 10, 2018, 'Gleaner wrong to feature Beenie Man's babymama'.

While I believe in freedom of expression, I believe it is rude for Lipton Matthews to disparagingly comment on someone's choice of a partner because both are prominent figures.

The fact that they have chosen each other and have chosen to announce it to the world as a signal of their love is to be lauded. Especially so, in the context of a world filled with hate and the tendency to judge others without taking the log out of one's eye first.

And by the way, to categorise any child as illegitimate is highly offensive, and we should not attach that label to any child. Don't forget: "No bastard nuh deh again!" Thanks to the legislation passed by the Michael Manley government.

What message is being sent to the public with this type of publication? What does one wish to achieve? Let us publicise values and attitudes.

I am urging The Gleaner to refrain from publishing such negativity and to use their medium of letters to the editor for positive and intellectual discussions of relevant issues.

VALERIE NEITA ROBERTSON (QC)

Attorney-at-Law