By SANCHESKA BROWN
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE have two adult males in custody in connection with a song that negatively references Prime Minister Perry Christie, his family, Members of Parliament and Democratic National Alliance leader Branville McCartney.
Officer in Charge of the Central Detective Unit Chief Superintendent Clayton Fernander said the matter is under active investigation and “the chips will fall as they may" as the investigations progress.
He said the persons are under investigation for possible criminal libel. He also said police are working "closely" with the Attorney General's Office and "what ever offences this falls under we will look at that”.
A 40-second clip of a three minute rap song went viral on social media this week igniting a debate on social media.
While many agreed that the song was vile, disrespectful and crossed the line other argued for freedom of speech.
Mr McCartney, who was mentioned in the song, described it as “disgusting, unpatriotic, misogynistic rhetoric”.
“The Democratic National Alliance has been made aware of a song that has gone viral across social media. The lyrics of the song make derogatory reference to the Prime Minister, his wife and children,” Mr McCartney said.
“The statements are vile and are not a representation of myself, my beliefs, or the party I represent. Not only was the language appalling, it showed blatant disrespect for the Office of the Prime Minister and that in itself cannot be condoned. I personally condemn this disgusting unpatriotic and misogynistic rhetoric and hope that all right thinking Bahamians do so as well.”