Usain Bolt Just Completely Misrepresented Caribbean Men

u-boltLike any other track and field enthusiast, I’m a huge fan of Usain Bolt. While I greatly admire his talent on the track, I’m not so sure if I’m a fan of the man off the track.

In a recent interview with GQ, the sprint star attempted to explain away allegations that he was unfaithful to girlfriend Kasi Bennett by stating that womanizing was “part of Jamaican culture.”


He reportedly told GQ, “You can’t judge a different culture by your own culture. In England when you get famous the first thing you do is get married and have kids. In Jamaica it’s different — like my parents had me and they got married 11 years later.”

He went on to give “examples” of how sexual promiscuity and infidelity are norms in his land of birth. He stated, “In Jamaica, we wine on each other. It’s our culture. People see it the first time, they’re like, ‘What is going on? It’s like they’re having sex in the club!’ No, that’s just the culture. It’s how we are.”

Now, here’s the thing; most people think of Jamaica when they think of the Caribbean, so, in the eyes of someone who isn’t from the Caribbean region, Jamaican culture is synonymous with Caribbean culture. As a Caribbean ambassador, Bolt isn’t representing the rest of the Caribbean well by making ignorant statements like that.

Everyone with common sense should know this, but I’ll go ahead and put it out there anyway: regardless of what Usain Bolt says, cheating is NOT a cultural norm in the Caribbean. It’s a character flaw that has nothing to do with one’s country of birth or geographic location.

I’m certain that all Jamaican men do not cheat; nor do all Caribbean men. As a Caribbean resident, I happen to know a lot of Caribbean men who are good, faithful men.

I guess talent and wisdom don’t always go together.

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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