Bolt struck by Jungle fever? The reader was treated to a picture of the world's fastest man in a lecherous lip lock with a woman identified as designer Belle Lubica. Clovis later depicted the moment as a duel between an unfortunate local lass, losing out on the chance to nab Usain as he bolted, love struck, bearing flowers towards the waiting outstretched arms of a woman identified as Slovakian.
It triggered mass mayhem, mega media madness with everyone and his granny chiming in on Bolt's very hyped foray into the land of interracial dating. Comments ranged from disillusionment with the runner's seeming slight of his black sisters, promoted for the occasion by many to the rung of Nubian princesses. They held up Barack Obama as the example to emulate: Men like Seal, Kobe Bryant and Tiger Woods were continuously evoked as brothers who succumbed to Delilah's temptation. There were those who swore it wouldn't last because of the treacherous, chasm of the racial divide.
Others saw the whole scenario as history repeating itself; a black man tastes fame and fortune and runs off to share it with Caucasia. However there were many who either supported Usain's choice or just simply believed that the man had the right to take what he's being offered.
Sparrow's Congo man Let's have a closer look at these reactions and see what they can reveal to us about the state of race and love in Jamaica in Interestingly many male posters supported Bolt's interracial haul in much the same way Mighty Sparrow had when he belted out his longing for white meat in a song released in For him "it's not an athlete thing nor even a race thing it's a guy thing. Comments such as these project these men's longing to mate outside of their race and they celebrate with the sprinter, urging him to get his groove going.
On another level these comments represent the rampant socio-cultural Jamaican view that the lighter the skin was the more attractive the woman. These remarks bring the historical context to the fore, boldly conveying viewpoints we have lived with and internalised. The origin of this seemingly endemic black man crave for white flesh is placed squarely at the feet of slave owners and colonisers.
After all, in our history, in our reality if you are white, you are alright, right? Usain is perhaps just staking claim to this one last trophy which had eluded his ancestors. The heart wants what the heart wants On a lighter more romantic note, there are those posters who put the whole affair down to cupid and his poisonous dart. A man is free to love whoever he wants; black, white, yellow, pink no matter.
Like Bolt was struck down by the looove bug and even his record shattering legs buckled under its effects. Indeed, the hypocrisy of the debate came into the spotlight as one poster highlighted the fact that the green-eyed monster may be the real motivation behind the criticisms: I bet if it was a black woman and she is not pretty as Lisa Hanna u would still give a bad comment.
This one will be gone like the rest. These women are questioning why the home grown beauty got bumped off the podium by imported fare: Another one bites the dust!