Harare West legislator Jessie Majome has blasted musician Jah Prayzah for using a “sexfied-school uniform” in the video for his popular song Eriza, arguing that the move has the potential of sending wrong signals to some men.
Contributing to child marriages debate in Parliament recently the outspoken women rights activist urged musicians, artists and the media to play a part and stop promoting images that seem to condone sexual intercourse with girls.
“Indeed, I must say one of my favourite musicians has a brilliant, good song but unfortunately he produced a video that shows very suggestive and sex dances being done by girls wearing school uniform.
“Mr. Speaker Sir, while that is entertainment, but unfortunately, those things send messages that say it is alright for girls to wear little dresses and to dance in a sex manner and titillate men. It also sends signals into some perverted men to actually start drooling over school girls.
“I understand that as we speak, they are stories in the media about how there is an uproar where certain commercial sex workers are also now wearing uniforms that are sexed up, if I may call it that and are luring men. I am thinking that the men who will stop to buy the services from those sexual workers are actually not going to stop because they have been attracted by a sexfied school uniform.
“If I go further, I am disturbed by the consequences that it means that they will actually find a school girl in a school uniform attractive and lure her away from the parts of virtue and detract her from there and that is the paths of child marriage. We need to keep our girls in school so that they attain qualifications and they are able to look after themselves and make decisions for themselves.
“We must show zero tolerance to rape and sexual intercourse with children and we must not marry children. We must remove those images and deceit from entertainment and media reports that seem to condone and encourage sexual activity and the titillation of people using children in sexual images,” she said.
In his video for the song Eriza off the chart toping album Jerusarema, Jah Prayzah feature 22 year old voluptuous dancer Lady Storm (real name Lyn Magodo) dancing suggestively in a school uniform.
Early this year Jah Prayzah also held a live musical show where everyone was expected to come dressed up in school uniform.