Cham wants the word Bl***c***t decriminalised
No stranger to political controversy, recording artiste Cham, formerly known as Baby Cham, is calling out the government for deeming the word 'bl***c***t' a curse word.
Cham, whose given name is Damian Beckett, told THE WEEKEND STAR that with his new single that uses the controversial word as a title, he hopes to reclaim the word that he said is a bastion in Jamaican culture. The single is a collaboration with Bounty Killer.
"I think it's Jamaica's national word, I should be able to say it. It's entitled Bl*** C***t'. No matter what we can't go around our culture," Cham said.
"That word need to be decriminalised because if you really think about it, we shouldn't even be saying that word or even know that word, if it was up to them. It's the only word that you use to express every single emotion. And no one, not even the prime minister, the minister of security, Nigel Clarke [finance minister], can't tell me them never use that word before," he said. "You use it for joy, you use it for frustration, you use it when you are happy. If you're at the football match and somebody miss a goal, 'Bl**dc***t'. So it's not just out of anger you use that word and I think there needs to be a conversation and we need to start a conversation and start embracing our culture more."
The Ghetto Story singer said the single is the first of a 10-track EP in collaboration with Bounty Killer, which is produced by dancehall legend and long-time collaborator, Dave Kelly. The controversial title of the first track is a reflection of Cham's feelings towards the violent state of the country.
"The song is really going against everything corrupted right now. The crime, the violence, some stuff that Jamaica is not known for. The kidnapping of women, the killing of kids, that's not Jamaica. Jamaicans were never ever about that. That has to be something new that someone or these dudes are taking right now. That's not we," he said.
He continued, "It's going against corrupted cops, it's going against the corruption in the political space, it's going against just the crime and the violence against each other. So we are quick to fight against each other but we are not quick to fight for each other and that's what the song is talking about. And sometime, you just have say bl**dc***t."
Cham said that the current legislation does not explicitly deem the word a bad one, instead it is the context in which it is used, which he said is up to the discretion of the police.
"The police get the right to judge you no matter how aggressive it sounds but that's even worse because there is no way you should put that in the police's hands. There is no way you should leave that up to police discretion, how you gonna know how aggressive [I am]. Probably I'm just a naturally aggressive toned person and it comes off that way but I don't mean to curse the word or say bl**dc***t in an aggressive manner," he said.
The deejay said that he hopes that he can have a sit-down with the necessary parties to amend the laws around the controversial Jamaica lingo.