David Rodigan Responds To Lloyd Coxsone's Video Rant
Six days after the Lloyd Coxsone interview [Click here to watch] went online on Youtube, David Rodigan published a statement on his Facebook page, April 13th:
You may or may not be aware of a recent attack on myself and the lies and falsehoods so I'm actually bothering to respond to Lloyd Coxsone's video rant...
“Do not give credibility and the impression of truth to lies & misinformation by leaving it unchallenged. Speak out!” GUSSIE CLARKE
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice but there must never be a time when we fail to protest" ELIE WIESEL
We all know that a lie travels half way around the world before the truth has got its boots on and one of Dennis Brown's best songs was… "What About The Half" (that's never been told)... So with that in mind I have this to say in response to Lloyd Coxsone's video.
Traditional Reggae music has always stood up against injustice, against the downtrodden, against tyranny.
There's nothing worse than injustice, nothing worse than being falsely accused of doing or saying something that you never said or did.
I will not enter into a long diatribe about Lloyd Coxsone's video rant against me. Suffice to say that it was vicious, vindictive and worst of all… it was laced with untruths and falsehoods. I'm not going through them all but I will point to just one of them. The Godfather lie.
The real bone of contention seems to revolve around me apparently saying that l am The Godfather of Reggae.
I challenge Lloyd Coxsone to prove that I ever said that. Prove it by showing the video footage, prove it by showing the press interview when I said that... prove it. I am powerless over what a radio or television presenter or journalist says about me, whether it's a term of praise or an expression of disapproval.
But I am NOT powerless over my own mouth and what comes out of it. I have never said that I am The Godfather of Reggae neither have I said that I'm the King of Reggae neither have I ever claimed to have 'bust a reggae artist' because I would never be so arrogant and presumptuous.
Now let's us return to the music and the message. And the message is LOVE I have no further comment on this matter.
Below you can see a screenshot we found on Facebook, which is obviously the source for the Godfather issue: