‘Lifestyle’, the song by media personality turned artiste Yanique ‘Curvy Diva’ Barrett, has been the talking point of the latest viral video on social media.
A video of a funeral procession making its way through the streets of Tivoli Gardens surfaced on social media on Wednesday, and has been causing a firestorm since.
It wasn’t any ordinary procession, as the hearse carrying the deceased did not play gospel selections people have become accustomed to at funerals. Instead, the Curvy Diva’s song blared from the hearse’s speakers with a woman perched atop the roof of the vehicle dancing as she sang along. The procession was a huge spectacle, as a crowd gathered to join in the ‘party vibe’ created by the unconventional motorcade.
THE STAR understands that the song was being played because the woman spotted atop the hearse got word that her ‘matey’ was in the crowd.
The video has been making the rounds on social media, and has been garnering mixed reactions from users. Some viewers believe the crowd’s behaviour was inappropriate, as regardless of the type of life the deceased lived, there should be respect for the dead and mourners should act like they’re in mourning.
“No no no, wrong place your song playing. But Jesus look here. We can’t continue like this,” one user commented under the video which was posted by Curvy Diva on her Instagram page.
However, when THE STAR spoke to the Curvy Diva, the entertainer said that despite having reservations about posting the video at first, she decided to because of the fact that people were enjoying themselves so much.
Being very diplomatic in her response, the artiste said she doesn’t mind the unconventional funeral celebrations and will support the ‘dancehall vibe’ at funerals as long as it was something that would have been approved by the deceased.
“I was afraid to post at first because it was a funeral. But my mom said to me that the Bible says to celebrate the dead and mourn when somebody born,” she said.
“I read a comment that said the funeral depicts the type of person the person that died was. I understand that the person enjoyed life, and so I don’t have a problem. You can’t stop people from do what they want to do, even at a funeral.”
Curvy Diva, who is gearing up to embark on a tour of the Caribbean later this month, also said she had no issues with the fact that the persons carrying on to her song were allegedly using it to throw words at each other as that is the nature of the song.