As a primary school student at the Carmen Renee Memorial School, our elders often told us that we should never laugh at another individual’s disabilities. They would follow up that warning with a few scare tactics that I must admit did work. Years later I have found myself reliving and remembering these words. Last week Sunday at the popular Green Synergy D.J. Clash, two rival deejays attempted to entertain the crowd in the mild version of a tune for tune sound clash.
I called it mild because let’s face it, we all know that in a sound clash the insults and profanity in the music and from the hype man is what many patrons look forward to. Careers have been built and ended during a clash at the world stage. This brand of deejaying for many is not only serious business, it is a lifestyle. Our version tends not to end careers but build the notoriety of the upcoming deejays while they learn from the established deejays.
Sunday’s performance however was one to forget especially for our established music enthusiasts. It was there we saw the lowest move performed by a clash deejay. Name calling and belittlement took a different meaning when a deejay not only referred to another individual as a monkey but said he would rid his disabled competitor of the crate he was using for support.
This was a first for me and I have witnessed many clashes, in person and on YouTube. What I believe a lot of our “clash” deejays fail to understand is that our culture doesn’t take to kindly to someone slamming the underdog. In fact it will do many of them well to make friends than enemies with the people who at end of the night can influence a decision. The act of mocking someone’s disability should never be used to gain a favourable response from crowds of Saint Lucians because as our deejay friend found out, it may end up with you being on the receiving end of a barrage of boos and jeers.
Before anything else we must understand what it means to respect a competitor. Thankfully the insults didn’t throw the lilyute off his pace and he was able to counteract and hold his own against a very formidable deejay. Guys, we must not allow emotions and egos to cloud our good judgment. Whether it was serious or not, it still looks distasteful and will cost you more than you bargained for in the long run.
Food for thought, do unto others as you would like them to do unto to you.
Take careya’ll and have a great weekend.