The Nation Newspaper buys into Human Rights discussions hosted by a pimp.
Let’s make one thing clear before we start: no matter our differing views on many topics, each of the staff at Barbados Free Press loathes Charles Lewis – the admitted pimp and self-proclaimed “sex industry expert” usually seen being interviewed by the Barbados news media on a slow day. In today’s Nation, Lewis announces he’s all for gays. He doesn’t realise that like most Barbadians, most gays probably view pimps the same as we do. (The Nation: Gay network online)
You can get an understanding of our feelings by reading our last article on Mr. Lewis: Barbados Pimp pushes “sustainable” development of sex tourism. All he needs is to recruit your children…
A daughter or son is still my child no matter what their age. Mr. Lewis is a proponent of having our children selling themselves to strangers for foreign exchange. In my value system, and in the minds of tens of thousands of other Bajans, that puts Mr. Lewis just a little lower than toilet bowl scum.
But that doesn’t seem to bother The Nation Newspaper who interview Mr. Lewis like he’s just a normal person with a normal job. “Nothing wrong here” is the message from The Nation.
That’s not how I see it.
No doubt that Caribbean gays, lesbian and bisexual/trans-gendered folks (GLBT) could use an invitation-only private social media forum to discuss their issues and communities. There’s lots of gay discussion online forums out there and probably a few Facebook groups too. (Just checked and there’s oodles of them.)
The problem we see with GLBT folks jumping on board an association set up by a self-proclaimed pimp that most Bajans view as toilet scum is that everything that happens thereafter is seen to be occurring in that toilet scum venue. Consider it this way: the pimp venue operator lowers the image of those who attend.
There is discussion needed on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered issues. There are human rights concerns, there are concerns about how we structure our society, our laws, our rules. Even how we record and view history. And there’s probably a need for a Caribbean gay online dating website.
Auntie Moses will surely disagree with me, but I have no issue with GLBT folks. I didn’t always have that opinion, but that is my position for the last ten years or more.
Here is my point about Charles Lewis, the Pimp, providing a venue for the Caribbean gay communities…
By aligning themselves with a pimp, the Caribbean gay community lowers itself to the expectations of many who oppose any discussion at all of human rights as they apply to GLBT people. By allowing itself to be used and promoted by Mr. PIMP Lewis, the Caribbean gay community plays right into the hands of those who view gays as low.
The Caribbean Gay communities should take the high road and not align themselves with such a low person as a pimp.
Those are my thoughts. You might agree or disagree, but try to keep the comments civil.
Thanks ever so much,