Saturday 15 August, 2020

VIDEO: 'Miss Lou didn't liberate me' - Tanya Stephens

Tanya Stephens

Tanya Stephens

Jamaican entertainer Tanya Stephens continues to defend her controversial stance on cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley.

Stephens received backlash after defending what have been perceived as disparaging remarks against 'Miss Lou' made by fellow entertainer Ishawna.

Ishawna triggered a firestorm of negative comments against her when she stated on her Instagram page last week that she “nuh wear tablecloth like Miss Lou”.

Stephens afterwards slammed Ishawna’s critics, saying: “Jamaicans really need to stop mandating their self-imposed limitations.”

She also challenged those criticizing Ishawna to post a photo of themselves dressing like ‘Miss Lou’ or a video of themselves reciting one of the icon’s poems.

Stephens elaborated on her stance in a video posted on her Instagram page. In response to the argument that Miss Lou allowed the Jamaican patois dialect to be generally accepted from people like herself, Stephens said: "She didn't liberate me... as soon as I was born, I was talking patois." 

She also argued that the bandana outfit worn by Miss Lou represented servitude and not anything that was uplifting to her.

Watch the video below.

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