Standing Up Against Discrimination: GSPD Condemns Shatta Wale’s Mockery Of Stonebwoy

Kutl Ahmedia

In a recent turn of events within the Ghanaian music industry, the Ghana Society of the Physically Disabled (GSPD) has taken a stand against discrimination following a disturbing incident involving two prominent artists. A viral video surfaced online showing Reggae Dancehall artiste Shatta Wale mocking his colleague, Stonebwoy, who has a disability. The incident occurred amidst Stonebwoy's decision to boycott the Abeka Salahfest due to Shatta Wale's participation as a performer.

Shatta Wale's derogatory remarks towards Stonebwoy in the video have sparked outrage and concern, particularly from the GSPD. In the video, Shatta Wale made insensitive comments belittling Stonebwoy's disability, stating, "Stonebwoy, a disabled man, wants to fight me, a strong man. I will kick you."

The GSPD swiftly responded to Shatta Wale's mockery, expressing deep disappointment that such primitive and discriminatory statements came from a high-profile personality like him. They characterized Shatta Wale's actions as irresponsible and called on Ghanaians to condemn such behavior unequivocally.

Furthermore, the GSPD issued a cautionary message to Shatta Wale, urging him to retract his derogatory statements and extend a sincere apology to all persons with disabilities. They emphasized the need for him to take immediate steps to remove the offensive video from all social media platforms.

In addition to the moral aspect, the GSPD reminded Shatta Wale of the legal implications of his actions. Making derogatory remarks about a person's disability is not only morally reprehensible but also punishable under the Disability Act 715.

Beyond addressing this specific incident, the GSPD emphasized the broader importance of embracing persons with disabilities within society. They urged the public to show empathy and respect towards individuals with disabilities, highlighting that disability could affect anyone at any time.

In conclusion, the GSPD's firm stance against discrimination sends a powerful message of solidarity and support for persons with disabilities in Ghana. It serves as a reminder that discriminatory behavior has no place in society and must be condemned in all its forms.

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