Waterpark Developer Blows Brains Out In Public
On Friday, October 13, 2006, Caribbean Splash Waterpark developer Matthew Kerins published a newspaper advertisement titled “Let The Truth Be Told“ – in what I presume was an attempt to persuade the citizens of Barbados that opponents of his water park project are “snakes in a cane field” with a hidden agenda to (I guess) commercialize Graeme Hall themselves and do all sorts of evil.
While Mr. Kerins’ obvious intent was to assist his own water park project, the response to the advert was such that he must now realize that he effectively put a pistol into his mouth and pulled the trigger.
For a week or so, everybody was talking about the advert – even up here in Grape Hall where I am visiting today – and the response was not kind to Mr. Kerins…
“We all be snakes to him”
“Who does he think he is telling us what is democracy and ours is no good…”
“He park his truck in Grape Hall, he be walkin’ back fu sur!”
And even the most damning condemnation of all… “Typical American think he can come here an do as he please. Push peoples around…”
In my experience, Mr. Kerins behaviour is not typical of most Americans – but he certainly does lend credence to the stereotypical image of an American on foreign soil. Mr. Kerins might want to take a week or so and read “The Ugly American“ by William Lederer. Here’s a passage from that book that always stuck with me…
“For some reason, the people I meet in my country are not the same as the ones I knew in the United States. A mysterious change seems to come over Americans when they go to a foreign land. They isolate themselves socially. They live pretentiously. They’re loud and ostentatious. Perhaps they’re frightened and defensive, or maybe they’re not properly trained and make mistakes out of ignorance.”
Kerins Calls For Truth While Hiding The Environmental Studies
Mr. Kerins’ call for “the truth” rings a wee bit hollow considering that he refuses to publish the Environmental Impact Assessment on the web for all Bajans to see. ONE COPY was placed in the library to fulfill the “letter” of the law, but when interested citizens wanted to photocopy passages or even make notes, Mr. Kerins’ corporation claimed “copyright” violations and forbade this. (See BFP’s previous article and associated comments Caribbean Splash Waterpark – Excerpts From “Secret” Barbados Government Report)
The Most Insulting Statement In Kerins’ Advert…
I can just picture Matthew Kerins angrily hammering away at his keyboard to create this advertisement. Working late into the night at his New Jersey mansion – surrounded by beer bottles and empty packages of Cheeze snacks and potato crisps – taking a swig of watery American beer and finishing with a triumphant howl “There. That will show those snakes in the cane field!”
In his mind, Mr. Kerins has come up with the ultimate threat – put the fear of God into those lowly illiterates in Christ Church. What would those Bajans fear the most? What could turn them against the Nature Sanctuary?
“I’ve got it!” he cried, “Septic Tanks. That’s it. That’s what they fear. Septic tanks!”
And so, knowing that Bajans prefer to live with untreated human waste going into the water table – to have their children play in the foul green rivulets that weep from cracks and under rocks – Mr. Kerins included the threat in his advertisement: that homeowners might be forced to “install costly septic tanks in the future”.
Quite right, Matthew. Bring on the water park. Anything to avoid civilized sanitation standards on Barbados!
We couldn’t print what Auntie Moses said when she read that part of your advert, Matthew. Good luck with whatever country you force yourself on next. Perhaps you will have learned a lesson on Barbados, but somehow, I doubt it.
BFP Reprints Full Text Of Kerins’ Insulting Advertisement
We think that Matthew Kerins’ Let The Truth Be Told advertisement should stand permanently online as a self-evident illustration of the contempt with which Mr. Kerins views Barbados citizens who dare to disagree with his business plans.
To that end, Shona transcribed the advertisement and we have posted both a picture of the advertisement and the transcription on a separate page. (Link here)