Posts tagged barbados
Posts tagged barbados
This G4S security guard will rue the day he had to apprehend this streaker who disrupted a cricket match at Kensington Oval in Barbados last weekend.
The streaker, 20-year-old-Barbadian Michael Arthur Francis Marshall, will appear in court to answer charges of indecent exposure and trespassing. The unidentified security guard gets off scot-free for fondling.
The state-run Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation in Barbados made a huge mistake last night when someone was either (i) watching porn or (ii) fucking, in its newsroom studio. The audio was simulcast with the weather report of the 7:00pm PrimeTime News.
In a statement on its Facebook page some minutes later, the Corporation issued an apology going something like:
The CBC extends deepest apologies to its viewers for the unfortunate happenings in the presentation of the weather news tonight. Be assured that this matter will be dealt with and we commit to doing all possible to ensure there is not a repeat of this action. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
How embarrassing. And hilarious.
I’ve been informed that American “chef”, Christina Curry, has totally wiped the internet of her embarrassing cooking video which fucked up Barbados’ national dish - Cou Cou.
You’ll remember that I told her to jump off a bridge here, but only after droves of Bajans told her to do the same all over the internet.
Just in case you lost count:
BARBADOS - 1 : CLUELESS FOREIGNERS - 0
In what appears to be the biggest threat to the sovereignty of post-independent Barbados, American chef Christina Curry recently debuted some fucked up alteration of the island’s national dish Cou Cou, and Bajans all over the world are livid! So livid, in fact, that they’ve taken to every conceivable social network to complain, including Curry’s own YouTube channel.
Some of the comments are so horrible that they’re being deleted as soon as they’re posted, but the general gist is:
IF YOU’RE CALLING IT A VARIATION DONT REFER TO IT AS COU COU, CALL IT FRIED CORN MEAL SQUARES. YOU JUST FUCKED UP MY COUNTRY’S NATIONAL DISH, THANKS ALOT
Further shitting on Barbados, Curry replaced Flying Fish - national fish, requisite complement to Cou Cou, and preeminent national symbol of Barbados which is revered in song, depicted on coins, passports, government logos, license cards and just about everything else Bajan - with beef stew.
Two weeks ago, Keisha Brathwaite - a mother of two children with another on the way - broke into an unoccupied Government housing unit in Barbarees Hill, St. Michael, claiming that she was desperate for a place to live after her abusive boyfriend beat her and evicted her from his home.
The woman immediately changed the locks on the illegally occupied unit, and reportedly informed the Royal Barbados Police Force and the National Housing Corporation about what she’d done. For weeks, Brathwaite remained in the unit and ignored eviction notices from authorities, until those same authorities granted her a house of her own in another location.
There was intense public outcry, largely from middle class Barbadians, against Government’s rewarding of Brathwaite’s illegal actions: Says one,
I could never dream of getting a house from NHC, neither do I qualify for a mortgage. You have two kids and you are a single mum…go and take up a house and change the locks then.
Where did she get the money from to change the locks? I wont comment on her personal situation because none of us really know but whether it be in Barbados or any where else in the world, this whole attitude of “this is my right” has gone too far. Nobody wants these kids out on the street, but it is very frustrating for people who are hardworking and yet still struggling to see people like her get handouts without lifting a finger.
And, yet another,
I am so sick and tired of the “I am entitled” attitude of some of us Bajans out there and this is a classic example of the government aiding and abetting these people in utter shit! Maybe we should have skipped school and then I would have a house, car and three children all on the tax payers money!
Others were however sympathetic to Brathwaite’s plight:
Yes she is wrong but we are not living in a world of absolutes. She never said she was entitled to a house. She has apologized repeatedly for what she did and actually informed on herself - to the police, the NHC and then the media. Goodness knows if the NHC would have acted if she had not gone to the media and confessed and it caused a furore.
Jobs are hard to find as we all know. You may have the education that will give you a job. Keisha clearly doesn’t.
That said, one of the universally established human rights is shelter.
I’m not sure how to feel about this myself. If there is anything that the recent #Occupy movements around the world have demonstrated it is that a lot of people feel disenfranchised and are angry - with good reason - about the broadening equality gap. Keisha Brathwaite is either a desperate woman who did the wrong thing in order to get basic shelter, or she’s an indigent freeloader on the state who does not deserve to benefit from others’ taxes. Which one is she?
Barbados celebrates 45 years of independence today and despite what I sometimes may say, there is a strong case to be made that this may be the greatest country on Earth.
Pic credit: me.
Rihanna, international superstar and potty-mouth, puts a Twitter follower to shame in this gem of a tweet. She’s getting a hefty payout from the Barbados Tourism Authority for promoting the island on her social media accounts, but who cares (right?)
… and an employee gets fired for not making him feel like royalty.
No one knows the story behind this unprecedented public apology that appeared in yesterday’s Daily Nation in Barbados, but I’m slightly miffed at Hallmark’s emphasis that this customer was ‘North American’ (read: white?), and the fact that a local person was fired for not treating him like a prince.
Maybe I’m weird.
I don’t usually do this, but this band from Barbados rocks.
A scantily-clad, plus-sized female visitor to Barbados was
ridiculed a spectacle today in Bridgetown for a mob of camera-toting people, causing rumours to stir by a confused public that she after which she allegedlybroke down in tears and had to be police-escorted away from the scene.
In reality, the joke was on us, because she apparently LOVED it.
According to Barbados Today:
[Shakina] Walters, smiling broadly, and occasionally chatting on her cellular phone, boldly exchanged greetings with the many women who hailed her and the several men who howled their approval at what they were seeing.
It now appears that the social media reaction to Walters was the most vitriolic: as rumours spread that she was the victim of hurtful bullying, reaction was evenly split between outrage at the mob and outrage at the woman, viz. ‘she dressed like that for attention, and she got it.’
While I still think all bullying is shameful a
nd, in this scenario, the shame rests squarely on this mob - regardless of whether one believes this woman was complicit in the incident, I am lost as to how to describe this mob behaviour, which was still directed at one individual without her explicit invitation, and which was still incited solely by her body size and choice of dress.
Editor’s note: Since first publishing this post, I’ve edited it greatly. For starters, the title “Barbadians make plus-sized woman cry in City bullying” was changed. There is now no authoritative evidence to support anecdotal reports that this was a case of classic bullying. In addition, while the article also suggests that the young lady was accustomed to, or welcomed such attention, my conclusion on the inappropriateness of the mob response remains unchanged. An interesting discussion on this post, in its original incarnation, is in the comments below.
In another epic media fail by the inglorious Nation Newspaper in Barbados, the publication redacted an article it covered two weeks ago, detailing the plight of a woman going by the name of Laura Raphael who claimed that she was poor and suffered from a debilitating illness.
Since then, ‘concerned Barbadians’ alerted the Nation to Raphael’s Youtube channel, featuring her dancing in lingerie with ‘no signs of physical discomfort.’
As a responsible newspaper, the Nation plastered stills from the woman’s YouTube videos in today’s paper edition, with the subtle allegation that she could actually be a fraudulent tramp, without any prior warning.
Let’s hope that the Nation is correct and has completely overruled the possibility that Ms. Raphael’s online jaunt isn’t her last option for money.
Whether this is ethical journalism, given that there would be no need for this had the Nation carried out its due diligence, is another story.
UPDATE: I’ve found one of the videos alleged to be from this woman. THIS is what the Nation made a big deal about?
Civil society organisations in Barbados which engage in HIV-related work are now eligible for funding support as part of the National AIDS Programme.
The National HIV/AIDS Commission (NHAC) is inviting suitable candidates to apply for $10 000 to $20 000 grants, to pursue HIV-related projects as part of the Second Government of Barbados World Bank HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Project.