JAM | Jun 19, 2023

Jamaican Twitter pokes fun at ‘LGBT money’ conspiracy theory

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In the latest no-news segment, Jamaican Twitter users had a grand time trolling conspiracy theorists, who are adamant that the island’s newest polymer banknotes are steeped in a ‘gay agenda’.

What started out as a widely circulated WhatsApp status after the banknotes officially went into circulation last Thursday (June 15), quickly ‘developed’ into a fully-fledged conspiracy as ‘investigators’ linked colours of the new banknotes to the pride flag—a symbol of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community.

Arguements against the new J$2,000 note, which bear the images of former prime ministers Michael Manley and Edward Seaga, added further ‘fuel’ to the raging homophobia spreading on local social media spaces.

A Jamaican man displaying the new J$500, J$1,000 and J$2,000 polymer banknotes as the bills began circulation on Thursday, June 15, 2023. (Photo: Twitter @OhSullyVan)

At a time when Twitter reception to the new banknotes was largely indifferent, the ‘conspirary’ triggered Jamaicans’ collective comedic side.

Several users outright laughed at the suggestion, counterarguing that the qualms against the so-called ‘LGBT money’ were illogical and deeply rooted in homophobia.

Others were less serious, spoofing ‘gay agenda warnings’ with the soundtrack of American cult classic ‘The X-Files‘.

The rest, in fine Twitter form, contended that some Jamaicans had too much idle time on their hands, and beckoned conspiracists to give their ‘tainted’ money for safekeeping.

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