Like any other ratchet programme that comes on TV, many people were tuned in to watch the My Crazy New Jamaican Life documentary as it came on Channel 4 late last night.
Following Debbie and Holly, two white British girls, who claimed to love all things Jamaican, the First Cut documentary was seen as a show full of negative stereotypes.
From Debbie, who put up with her Jamaican boyfriend (and father of her child) who cheated on her and had another ‘baby mama’, to Holly and her deep love for bashment music, Twitter was alive with people commenting on the crazy revelations in the show.
Clearly disappointed with the negative light the show put on Jamaican culture viewers appeared shocked to learn that Shola Ama was the narrator when they saw her name in the rolling credits. Hoards quickly flocked on Twitter to admonish the singer directly for associating herself with this kind of programme.
People mad with Shola Ama like she the one told Odeon to turn up on push bike.
— Funk Butcher (@FunkButcher) October 24, 2013
Shola Ama did NOT write it, but she DID voice it. She read what she voiced. So … Yes … partially culpable indeed.
— Ezra Tafari Rose. (@KissMyLisp) October 24, 2013
In her defence, Shola Ama says it was her job to narrate, not produce/edit the show. I hear that – but you gotta know what you're signing to
— Alison Awoyera (@AliVentured) October 24, 2013
— Sonia Meggie (@SoniaMeggie) October 24, 2013
Can we have a moment of silence for the fact Shola Ama narrated it please.
— KΔCHINGΔLING (@CourtneyKACHING) October 24, 2013
My Crazy New Jamaican Life? Those responsible for this abomination can be found @ 65 Rivington St London EC2A 3QQ 020 3056 7605 & @SholaAma
— Kriteeeek (@kritik300) October 25, 2013
What's wrong with people allowing themselves to be portrayed like that!! Shola Ama's narration was just as bad!! #MyCrazyNewJamaicanLife
— stealth mode (@yaown) October 25, 2013
— Pebbles (@PaulaTxx) October 25, 2013
— Speech Debelle (@speechdebelle) October 24, 2013
However, Shola was quick to defend herself from her critics as she wrote on her Twitter:
Do people understand that the person doing the voice over is not necessarily the producer/editor/director of the show? Lol FFS
— Shola Ama (@SholaAma) October 24, 2013
Now, Shola hardly filmed, cut, edit, produced and put out My Crazy New Jamaican Life but… Let’s face it bills need to be paid!
If anyone missed My Crazy New Jamaican Life and want to see the shambles that is Holly’s and Debbie’s lives, I’m sure you can catch it on 4OD.