“A lie can journey all over the world and again once more whereas the reality is lacing up its boots,” is a quote that aptly describes one of many main cons of social media. Within the age of the web, folks have simpler entry to data in addition to a platform to voice their opinions. The drawback of that is that folks can fairly actually say something, and there will likely be folks within the digital area who imagine them.
That is the case of an American stewardess, Kalina Collier, who not too long ago visited Jamaica and satisfied a whole lot of 1000’s of social media customers, together with celebrities, that she was being held hostage by a neighborhood resort, just because she didn’t wish to observe the quarantine order.
The Jetblue Airways worker arrived on the island on January 28, and was scheduled to depart on February 1. As per Jamaica’s COVID-19 journey protocols for Individuals, Collier took an antigen take a look at that returned a optimistic outcome. Satisfied that she didn’t have the virus, she took one other take a look at upon arrival that got here again unfavourable.
Because of the inconsistent outcomes of the antigen exams, the Ministry of Well being and Wellness beneficial a PCR take a look at on February 2, which got here again optimistic. Collier was then suggested that she was to finish a 14-day quarantine in her resort room. Her resort, Ocean Coral Spring in Trelawny, additionally supplied to have her keep the interval at no additional value, as a substitute of transferring to a authorities facility.
On February 4th, Collier went on Instagram stay to “inform her story” to her 11,000 followers. Within the video, she alleged that she was being held hostage by the resort and urged her followers to name the native embassy, immigration authorities in america and information stations in New York and make them conscious of her state of affairs.
“You guys [Ocean Coral Spring] are getting cash from the federal government to say that you just dealt with COVID-19 appropriately and I’m over it. I’m suing the pants off this place,” she stated on Instagram.
She additionally alleged that she was being disadvantaged of meals, and stated the resort staff had put hidden cameras in her room, which have been actually sprinklers. Her video on Instagram went viral throughout social media platforms, with over 200,000 views. The allegation resulted within the hashtags #WhereIsKalina and #SaveKalinaCollier trending on social media. Social media influencers, together with Grenadian-American actress, Amanda Seales and Jamaican artist Spice additionally believed the allegations and spoke on the incident.
After disappearing from social media, Collier gave an replace days later, saying that she was advantageous and never being held hostage, nor was she kidnapped. However by then, a whole lot of 1000’s of individuals had already been satisfied that the worst had occurred.
Scores of social media customers bombarded the web page of the resort, saying that they need to shut down for good. Those self same folks urged their followers to #BoycottJamaica and even despatched demise threats to senior Advisor and Strategist on the Tourism Ministry in Jamaica, Delano Seiveright.
On February 14, on the finish of Collier’s 14-day quarantine interval, she was launched from the resort and departed the nation alongside along with her mom, who had subsequently arrived on the island.
WATCH: Kalina Collier and her mom leaving a motorized vehicle rental facility this morning earlier than heading to the Sangster Worldwide Airport to board a flight to New York Metropolis in america. pic.twitter.com/1i8a3HBkZ6
— Nationwide90FM (@Nationwideradio) February 14, 2021
Jamaica’s police drive suggested members of the general public to dismiss the allegations made by Collier, saying that they have been “baseless and mischievous.” The police stated she was visited by members of the Trelawny division who confirmed that she was protected.
The allegations have destroyed the popularity of the resort and brought on injury to Jamaica’s already-struggling tourism trade. Collier has not but addressed the problem or supplied an apology to Jamaica.
The incident has additionally highlights what number of worldwide residents view Jamaica and the Caribbean: a spot to flee to, even throughout a pandemic. The area is closely reliant on journey for survival, which suggests within the eyes of vacationers, the well being and normal welfare of the area comes secondary to their enjoyment. It additionally exposes the entitlement of many guests who tout their perceived superiority and present full disregard for the legal guidelines of “third-world” nations.
Whereas the Caribbean area wants tourism, vacationers ought to be conscious that almost all of the world remains to be in a worldwide pandemic; and the Caribbean, resulting from lack of sources, is behind on vaccination efforts. Because of this protocols have to be noticed in the event that they take the chance of visiting.