Dancehall star Mavado has angered some in his home country of Jamaica for his appearance in Drake’s new video “Find Your Love”
Some feel his portrayal as a gun toting gangster named “Puffy” promotes the wrong image of the country, while others say it depicts reality.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett protested the content of the video saying, “Care has to be taken by all, including our creative artists, in portraying images of our destination and people.”
“Gun culture, while not unique to Jamaica, is not enhancing [the island’s image],” he added.
The video was shot in the Jamaican cities of Kingston and St. Andrew and follows Drake as he pursues his love interest who happens to be Puffy’s woman.
Mavado’s manager Julian Jones-Griffith responded to the criticism:
“The concept that they came up with, where did they come up with that? If Mavado did not do it, another Jamaican actor would have done it,” he said.
“There are a broad range of issues which need addressing if people from California want to portray a love story like this.”
Drake’s character is killed at the end of the video by gunshots from his love interest.