Abihail Myrie, the daughter of Reggae and Dancehall titan Buju Banton had to swallow her words and apologize to the LGBT community after an inappropriate outburst on Twitter recently.
The 21-year-old Jamaican model took to the social media platform, hell-bent on criticizing government officials for the measures being taken to encourage more people to get vaccinated.
Last month, the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica sent out a statement calling on the Government to get tough on people who refuse to get vaccinated. Several entities of the lobby group sent memos to staff, requiring them to get vaccinated or take tests at regular intervals to prove they remain COVID-19 free.
Myrie caught wind of the development on a Twitter share that stated, “It’s CVM telling unvaccinated workers to provide a negative COVID test result every Monday or be sent home and pay deducted.”
She re-posted the Tweet and wrote, “this is what got me started.”
this is what got me started pic.twitter.com/QyXt6ACLnR
— AB (@abihailmyrie_) September 11, 2021
Abihail’s repulsion at the new policy drew comparisons to those expressed by her father, which some users sought to point out. “Buju take up the wrong phone,” said one Twitter user.
Another wrote, “chip nuh fly far from the block,” which triggered a heated response from Myrie.
She quickly clapped back, “No it didnt at all. but u soon know wa else mever fly far. gwan run off yuh big dutty stinkin mouth b–tyman,” she said.
After receiving backlash for her statements, Abi returned the following day to apologize to the LGBT community for the careless outburst.
“I know when Im wrong. And especially in the age of awareness where we are pushing for inclusivity and togetherness, Allowing myself to use a slur we have long past is wrong. And I shouldn’t have. But I’m jamaican before anything else. To the lgbt community, I apologize you all,” she tweeted.
She went on to explain why she got so upset, and further stated that it shouldn’t matter if persons are vaccinated or not and most certainly shouldn’t affect their means of making a living for their families.
“How can you feel good knowing that if this week someone goes home their pay is cut because they have reservations about the vaccine? that’s bullying and everyday unu sidung yasso and bully each other. what about their families? what about their kids? they have people to feed,” she tweeted.
“Right now the vaccinated are sitting high and mighty, and have turned their mouths at the unvaccinated-the ones they are trying to encourage. and you think cutting pay, shunning them out and ostracizing them is the way to do so?” she continued.
Abihail enlightened everyone that she’s neither “provax nor antivax” and to assume either role will create a divide among people. “We have already started with lables. “antivax, provax etc etc” there is already a divide. people shouldn’t feel uneasy if they’re asked their status -whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. at the end of the day, the decision is THEIRS.”
She says taking the vaccine should be a personal choice so people shouldn’t be judged on their decision. “I love my people. I truly do. and chastising one another for the personal decisions we choose to make is outright plain and simple wrong. Taking the vaccine is right in your book but if it is not so in a next man’s; who are you to judge?”