According to an article written by Barry Neild and published on the United States-based cable news network’s website last month, Jamaican is the third coolest nationality on earth.
Jamaican is the only Caribbean nationality which made Neild’s top 14 list. The top two are Brazilians, followed by Singaporeans. Americans were fifth, behind Mongolians.
While Neild didn’t offer much in terms of how he came to his conclusion of cool, he didn’t find Jamaicans “high murder rate and widespread homophobia” cool. But he was enamored by the island natives’ charm.
“There’s more to Jamaican than reggae, including Rastafarian (the most kick-back religion religion ever invented),” Neild wrote, “an accent that is the envy of the English-speaking world and the planet’s most distinctive and recognizable hairstyle.”
Legendary sprinter Usain Bolt, the “fastest human ever timed and nine-time Olympic Gold medal winner” was saluted by Neild as “Icon of cool”.
He also took a gentle jab at “backpackers” who believe Jamaican is encompassed in fake dreadlocks.
“… dreadlocks only cool on actual Jamaicans,” wrote Neild.
The full list of “coolest nationality”, according to Neild, is: