We wanted to touch on this subject when Frankie Paul but we though that the late great dancehall veteran deserved a proper send off before we spoke about it. The question we wanted to know is whether the lack of help Frankie Paul got while he was ill was because of past rumors that alleged the superstar was gay.
Let’s face it, many in the dancehall fraternity used to whisper that Frankie was gray. Some artists like the self-proclaimed king of dancehall Beenie and even the prophet Capleton threw jabs at Frankie Paul in songs.
In the song Pure Sodom, Capleton sings the following:
Never send dem guh mix up with RuPaul
Never send dem guh work fi John Pope Paul
Never tell dem fi mel with Frankie Paul
Under no circumstances should the great Frankie Paul’s name had been mixed up with people like Rupaul or John Pope Paul. It did not stop there, however, as Beenie Man sticking to his copycat ways sung the following in the song Bitter mi blood:
I will love Ann Marie till she bawl
but mi nah, sing a song with Frankie Paul
With lyrics like hose by fellow dancehall artists it is not surprise that they did not step up to help their colleague when he need it most. If their financial help could have saved Frankie’s life then it is fair to say that the homophobia in dancehall killed one of the greatest voices in the history of dancehall.
Bot 24 Karat Reggae and our sister website are always saluting artists like Sizzla and Ninjaman for the great work they are doing helping others in Jamaica. It is really a shame that none of these artists stepped up for Frankie Paul, especially when it has never been proven that Frankie Paul was gay. On top of that, the man was married with children even though marriage with children does not mean that one is not gay.
Dancehall artists wear the most battyman clothes, from Versace to Tommy Hilfiger. It is safe to say that more than 50% of the fashion that dancehall artists spend their money on is created by batty man designers, that to not help a fellow dancehall artist because there are rumor that he is a battyman, is the highest level of hypocrisy.