Rapper turned Born Again Christian, Kanye West has angered Jamaica. His recent appearance on the island of reggae and dancehall, for his delivery of his highly publicized Sunday Service, has had somewhat of a tumultuous end result, with some Jamaicans angrily protesting West’s sale of Jamaica branded merchandise at the event and online.
T-shirts bearing Jamaica’s emblems were reportedly being sold for US$200 and Jamaican theme Sunday Service caps for $60. West saw a massive crowd in attendance at the event hosted at the Emancipation Park in New Kingston on Friday night. Many attested to the show’s intrigue.
The situation involving the sale of the Jamaica branded merchandise has not gone down well with many, however, one person taking to social media to voice their anger, saying:
“Kanye is pathetic for doing this. [It] is exploitation to the fullest c’mon. I just knew all along this man is running a scam, my people wake up.”
Meanwhile, the Jamaican Government has requested that West pull some of the merchandise being sold on his website following his successful pop-up religious performance. “We neither received a request for nor did we give permission for our national symbols and emblems to be used for a commercial manner or otherwise. I have since requested that the items be withdrawn, and the vendor has agreed to do so,” said Culture and Entertainment Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange in a statement.