Monday, May 24, 2010
Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Criticizes Drake/Mavado Video
The country’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett spoke out against the pair’s video for “Find Your Love.”
In the video, Drake falls in love with a native woman (Maliah Michel), who is in love with a gangster on the island named “Puffy” who is played by Mavado Drake is eventually confronted by Mavado and Puffy’s henchmen and the video ends with Michel presumably kidnap and shoot the rapper.
"We just have to say that care has to be taken by all, including our creative artistes, in portraying images of our destination and people," Bartlett told the Jamaican Gleaner. "Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing (the island's image)."
According to Mavado’s manager Julian Jones-Griffith, they Mavado and Drake are simply acting in the video and decided that Jamaica was an ideal location.
"The concept that they came up with, where did they come up with that? If Mavado did not do it, another Jamaican actor would have done it. There are a broad range of issues which need addressing if people from California want to portray a love story like this," he told The Gleaner.