Back in 2005 during the launch of The Dancehall Channel, it received great publicity, Dancehall lovers were happy to see that their interests were being covered, and in 2005 it was said that the cable channel was devoted to bring out the BEST in dancehall - covering the music and the culture.
"This is something new, innovative and different. We are going to provide our viewers with the best offerings from the dancehall," stated Mario Francis, managing director of Logic One. Francis is also one of the principals of the Dancehall Channel.Now FAST FORWARD to 2009, and this is what you will get.
A LEWD channel that plays videos from local dances such as Fresh Money Sundays, Boasty Tuesday, Fancy Thursday, Passion Sunday, Cookout Friday, Jeans and Blazers and several dances.
I can't act like I didn't get a GOOD laugh during the first half of the clip - but then it just made an EXTREME turn for the WORST!
Now, there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with featuring dances on the dancehall channel, but this is ALL that they offer on the Dancehall Channel.
Also, the content on this station is RAW and UNEDITED - and very popular in the dancehall scene. If you are a 'local celebrity' or budding 'flossarati' - you want to be SEEN on this channel.
24 hours a day, 7 days a week the Dancehall Channel is making money from exploiting partygoers, keeping the budget VERY SMALL because I DOUBT any of the patrons at these parties are getting paid to be broadcasted, and not to mention - they seem to have strayed from their mission statement.
Some may question the recent daggering ban, where daggering was no longer allowed on the airwaves or broadcasted on television in Jamaica.
The Dancehall channel found a way to slip between the cracks on this one! The station is pay per view and is rated 18 and over, so the ban does not affect them.
The Dancehall Channel is nothing more and nothing less than the Girls Gone Wild series.
Think about it. They created a pay per view station, feature everyone on the station for free and charge the same people ON the station to VIEW the station. Charge party promoters to feature their videos on the station and they don't even have to pay an editor for the content.
They sit back and COLLECT - but my question is who is the owner of the station? It's one thing to be businessminded but something else to not even care about how people are portrayed or exploited on the channel.
This is a straight up, "I Just Don't Give a Fuck" move or better yet, "Fuck You, Pay Me!"
Oh, what a wonderful world we live in...