Konshens video was not pulled
The Ministry of Health has denied pulling a safe sex ad done by sinjay Konshens for local television.
Rumours had begun circulating that the ad was pulled from television following the release of the video for a song called Clap Dat – a collaboration with deejay Leftside.
But Rushane Reid, a representative from the ministry’s HIV
Prevention programme, denied the rumours. “The ad was never pulled from
the airwaves. The matter with Konshens is not an issue for us. It’s an
issue for the public. We still have the ad, it’s a good one and we
intend to use it again,” she told THE STAR.
The video which showed naked women dancing in an exotic club was
pulled from YouTube, following complaints by viewers of its eye-popping
contents. There were also mixed sentiments of Konshen’s role in the
exotic video and song.
A release was sent by an advocacy group to our news team
expressing what it thought was a good move by the ministry in removing
The release stated: “The Citizens Advocacy Group praises YouTube
(Google) for restricting the music video…and for the Ministry of
Health and its affiliates pulling the Safe Sex Campaign bearing the face
of Konshens. It was the prerogative of Leftside and Konshens to expose
children to obscene material like this. The Citizens Advocacy Group
will, however, not tolerate anyone using pornographic material to
corrupt impressionable minds.”
Contacted about the speculations that the ad was pulled,
Konshen’s manager Miguel said, “I am not aware of that. This is the
first time I am hearing, nobody called and reported that to us. I don’t
really watch tv so I wouldn’t know, but If the ad was pulled I think it
is a slap in the face if they didn’t contact the artiste or the office
to advise us why.”
A representative from TVJ’s programmes department said the ad was
no longer in rotation because the contract had ended, while efforts to
speak to CVM were futile.
Both artistes have since spoken out in defence of the video following immense scrutiny by the public.