Tanya Stephens Facing Backlash After Labeling Portia Simpson Miller An Embarrassing Leader

Veteran Reggae singer, Tanya Stephens, has attracted criticism for comments she made on social media about former Prime Minister, Portia Simpson Miller, on the day Simpson Miller retired from active politics.

Stephens, in a social media post that has since been deleted, declared that, “Hearing people lament Portia’s departure is like seeing people congratulate my rapist for being a ‘good man’ … She isn’t a good person.”

The artiste further said, “Besides (having been) unqualified and an embarrassing representation who wasn’t even of average intelligence as per her public displays, she was also an awful, apathetic human who perfected the art of pandering to the hypocrisy of Jamaicans.”

Stephens concluded that, “I’m happy to see her back. I’m not alone. Good riddance”.

PNP Vice-President and Senator, Angela Brown Burke, expressed shock at Stephens’ comments.

“Tanya, really now! That’s what you’ve chosen to say about another woman who has inspired so many others? SMDH,” she responded.

Venesha Phillips, the PNP Councillor for the Papine Division in St Andrew, took a totally different angle, but with even more telling effect.

“Angela, please delete this post. Let us not give airplay to the useless. To recognise that dead will give life to her, so let her remain in her grave.”

Suzette Parks, a Facebook user, was far more balanced, and acknowledged that Stephens has a right to her opinion.

“I love her as an artiste, but I think she crossed the line, because even though I didn’t want her (Simpson Miller) to be my PM

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