University Lecturers Encourage Lawmakers to Revise Laws About the Use of ‘Bad Words’

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Two university lecturers are encouraging lawmakers to revise the law against cursing, and allow for bad words to be used at adult entertainment events.

Their comments follow a commitment from Senator Andre Haughton, to move a motion in the Senate to give permission for bad words to be used during certain events, including in a dancehall setting.

Professor of Culture at the University of the West Indies, Donna Hope, says she supports the move, but says the allowance for bad words should be very narrow.

Co-ordinator of the Jamaican Language Unit at UWI, Dr. Joseph Farquharson, says it’s a waste of resources for police to enforce the anti-cursing law at certain events.

However, Professor Hope is warning against cursing being normalized.
She’s rubbishing the argument that because other cultures accept Jamaican badwords, Jamaicans should too.

Dr. Donna Hope, Professor of Culture at the University of the West Indies.
She and Dr. Farquharson were speaking on Nationwide This Morning.

Senator Andre Haughton says he’s getting legal advice before piloting a motion in the Upper House to give permission for bad words to be used during certain events.

Dr. Haughton argues that outlawing cursing in dancehall spaces discriminates against Jamaican culture.

Dr. Andre Haughton, Opposition Senator. He was speaking on Nationwide This Morning.



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