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Bunny Wailer Unhappy With Marley Documentary, “As a Rasta, I felt disrespected”


Reggae icon Bunny Wailer, the only surviving member of the reggae group The Wailers, is not too fond of the new Bob Marley documentary by film maker Kevin McDonald.

Bunny Wailer feels that a key aspect of the late reggae legend life was omitted from the film, his Rastafarian faith.

According to Wailer, Bob’s music was heavily influenced by the 1966 visit to Jamaica by Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie.

Bob Marley, who rose to super stardom in the 1970s, would spread the word of Rastafari through his music, a key aspect of his life that Bunny Wailer feels the film should have given more focus.

“Rastafari was what Robert Marley sang about all his life. Rasta music is the legacy he has left us. When I looked, I did not see an emphasis on Rasta — our faith, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie and the influence these had on the man Robert Marley,” Wailer said.

Bunny Wailer is also angry about the use of the Rastafarian colour, red, green and gold, as a carpet at the Jamaican premiere of the film.

“As a Rasta, I felt disrespected,” Bunny Wailer said. “I was not comfortable with the fact that they had Rasta colours on the ground… it turned me off and I decided not to attend the event.”

“It is all very troublesome and upsetting that all of this took place. How are they going to fix this?” Bunny Wailer questioned.

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  • http://facebook swaggadaddy

    kinda funny … how dem try fi put rasta livity on film dem afraid it might reveal d whole badness in their world….
    big elder bunny …. him nuh drink wit deal devil …

    • Seven Raggasouljah

      I saw the movie and it reveal different aspect of him life but throughout the movie his message of love an inity stood out. If that is not what Rasta com fi teach then Bunny can have him way. And him is never happy, and him even one of the producers of the film. Cho!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593199212 Cher Scott

    Bunny Wailer unhappy…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=854434183 Pauline Marshall

      Oh boy…’how are they going to fix that…’ ?!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593199212 Cher Scott

      @[854434183:2048:Pauline Marshall] It gone bad already!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=854434183 Pauline Marshall

      Can’t help but wonder if this is as a result of people being ignorant or of people being insensitive! (I love my Bunny W. Don’t hurt his feelings!!)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1593199212 Cher Scott

      I think its ignorance on their part. Its sad because Rastafarianism was foremost in Bob’s life. His music originated from his religion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=574393421 Yvonne Bryan

      Has he ever been happy ?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1037199480 Sandra Lewis-jones

      …..so we are now restricted to the choice of colours for our carpets then? I would certainly feel proud if black green and gold were used for a film premier.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1729641243 Veneta Skinner

      I do hope they did get an input from him and didn’t ignore/negate his personal knowledge of Marley….

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000643272912 Silvester Lieta

    RESPECT 2 DI ELDERS<> Mc Donald.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002051258498 Tatenda Masunda

    yes mi elder nuff dem people are forgeting and aiding to hide di truth seen fyah pun brain wash.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001938333527 Akin Shokunbi

    they never tell the true story of a rastaman.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000372063886 Tarirai Zishiri

    They only want to make money out of Bob’s legacy. Bless up Bunny!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1048184654 Butty Scott

    Well the movie to me was hyped up and plainly amounted to an amalgamation of stale info that could have been easily gleaned from youtube google and several Biographies…Still nice to see info on the White Marley connection.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001647280611 Natasha Adams

    Editors always edit the best stuff……

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000529805331 Ramona McDonald

    wast was wrong with having a rasta colored carpet?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1442615829 Faison Antaun

      Its like having your faith, your picture, trampled on. Red (blood dem shed), Gold (The gold that was stoled, the sun that shines), Green (The land that we inherit from JAH).. So why tread pon that. People get mad when they see other countries step or burn Babylon (American) flag. So Bunny felt the same as dem. They use the Rasta colors for a rug but not emphasize it inna di film. Cause its for Bob, I give respect. For what dem lack in it. Another musty be done.. JAH RASTAFAR-I