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Dear Dalton...

Friday, November 30, 2018

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Three weeks ago I did not know you existed until my sister and mother rang and insisted I watch the X Factor . I am so glad I did. After six years of not watching X Factor , I now can't wait for Saturday nights. I hear you in my head morning, noon and night. And, Oh, what a beautiful sound it is! I share it everywhere I go.

It is no secret that the vloggers have descended, like vultures, on you. They have been ripping away, mercilessly, at your image, integrity and, most importantly, your sexuality. Now they are spreading your remains online among themselves, so they can reap the benefits by gaining views.

Yes, some of these vultures claim to be simply putting “it out there” and trying to get viewers' comments, but they are hypocrites. Without a doubt, it is clear that these semi- literate vlogger-vultures against you have one main objective — stir up controversy and, I suppose, hail down brimstone and fire, from the same God who tells us that he “laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming”. (Psalm 37:13) The Psalmist also tells us, “Behold, the wicked man travails with evil; he conceives trouble and births falsehood. He has dug a hole and hollowed it out; he has fallen into the pit of his own making.” (Psalm 7:14-15)

Of course, the vlogger-vultures' aim is to get their so-called followers to join in on destroying an exceptional vocalist, who has the star power to go where none of them can dare.

Shakespeare, in Othello, tells us jealousy is indeed a green-eyed monster. Sadly, this monster has raised its head among your own people. Remember, it was Jesus's own kind who gave him up to be crucified.

It bewilders me to see the online vultures calling on so-called dancehall artistes, and other nincompoops, as though they are gods, and they, in return, are responding by reeling out homophobic names. But, Dalton, remember what you have: raw star quality that transcends the geographic limits of Jamaica and the narrow-mindedness of those seeking their minute of fame off you, including artistes, who might be better described as inarticulate, aggressive beasts with the intelligence of a bat and the behavioural skills of a two-year-old. So why should you or any rational individual concern themselves about them and their antics on social media?

It is shocking that these are the people who have been mostly shaping the minds of our young for decades through their 'music'. They do not realise that there is a wide world out there that they can't reach or influence, and that beyond Jamaica hardly anyone knows them. Believe me, you have so much more class and finesse.

Remember, Dalton, Jamaica has a population of 2.9 million. In one month, your collective views on YouTube alone have surpassed this, from my rough calculation. Some artistes and wannabes and online vultures will N-E-V-E-R in this lifetime, or any other, achieve this. And I have a feeling this is just the beginning for you.

Remember, Dalton, if Usain Bolt had capitulated under condemnation when, as a youngster, he had a few mishaps, we would not have his immeasurable contribution to track and field. Tessanne Chin did not leave The Voice unscathed either. Look at what she has accomplished. So, the old saying rings true: A king has no honour in his own country. Sometimes you just have to find a new home and hit the restart button.

Do what you do best and sing! Complete your song! The vultures will eventually fly away because they are not attracted to life and beauty, and the bottom feeders, well, they will starve. Intelligence is not their strong point. They can only wait mindlessly to 'follow' orders when the vlogger-vultures spot their next victim and summon them to attack.

I am sure that because of my support for you some will insist on telling me what I should eat for my next meal, but no need, as I am a pescatarian for nearly two decades, so I only eat fish.

So, my little brother, tomorrow when you sing, sing with the divine gift bestowed on you, and stand in the strength and assurance of your true ancestors and those of us in Jamaica and the Diaspora who, unashamedly, celebrate your talent. By getting where you are, you have proved you are the captain of your ship and the master of your fate. Don't be fazed!

PS Love the outfits and hairstyles.

Love,

Nickeisha Barrett

nickeisha2000@yahoo.com

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