Dancehall diva Spice is facing a lot of heat after a video of a fiery quarrel between herself and a middle-aged woman at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, surfaced on social media on Sunday.
The incident took place at the Westjet check-in line at the airport. Before Spice walks into the view of the camera, she is heard in the distance saying; “s*ck yo madda,” which immediately evoked a chorus of “nos” from the other passengers who were seemingly in disagreement with her words. The woman shouts at her, most of her words inaudible, but at one the woman can be seen and heard calling Spice “dutty gyal.”
Spice is seen storming away from the area, escorted by a security guard, still protesting that the woman had wrongfully attacked her and that she had checked in a long time ago.
“Mi check in lang time. Dutty ooman, look how long mi check in, dutty ooman! Go s*ck yo madda! Look how long time mi check een; yuh a come talk bout mi stan up deh so,” an irritated Spice blurted out.
“Yuh don’t have no madda,” the woman retorts pointing her finger in the artiste’s direction before the clip ends.
Facebook users who viewed the video were polarized in their reactions to the video. Some said the Spanish Town native was disrespectful to the woman out of sheer arrogance, because of her stardom, while others said she was provoked.
“Disgusting, money can’t buy class. Always telling someone about their mother. Disrespectful and think the world revolves around her,” Tishantay Bennett said, while Denise Nicholson stated: “She no have no mother, always telling people to s*ck their mother, a must cow push her out.”
“Spice fi guh whey and humble harself. She fidget she was a nobody at one point in life… when you are in the limelight you must do better… try that a farrin and see what happen…,” Abigail Granston demnded.
However, the majority defended Spice, claiming that the artiste was only human and obviously had been irritated by something that was said by the woman. Others were more conciliatory and less judgmental towards the 36-year-old, while some called for humility.
“We need to be humble. Most times when we are not humble and too hype God will cut us down to size. No amount of money should let us think that it is OK to be disrespectful to people,” Idrene said.
“Brand ambassador, I love you but always remember your image and whom you’re representing….regardless of what the situation is. Remember a soft answer turneth away wrath at times,” Judith Samuels urged the artiste.
“I don’t know what cause this outburst Spice. But it did not sound good. Remember that you are a public figure. Conduct yourself as a lady. You are too easily drawn out,” Rose Williams-Wiggan said.
“We don’t know what happened here but “Go s*ck you madda” is really not the way to go. It was great to see you on British TV recently but this behaviour is not acceptable in many circles,” Janette McLean said.
Dion Collins poked fun at the Cool it artiste questioning why she was traveling like a regular passenger.
“Hot gyol like spice a travel through airport she should just book a private flight instead,” he quipped.
But Romario Valentine, who claimed he witnessed the entire incident firsthand, said the incident resulted from the woman falsely accusing Spice of skipping the line.
“The lady think Spice a skip everybody an start cuss because she a say cause Spice a celebrity them a make she go thru first. But spice check in longtime before all me, cause I was the 4th person in the line. Spice was the second person in the line with her dancer girl them,” he said.