Daily Archives: October 28, 2011

Omar Sharif slaps woman in public, but she deserved it

Auntie Moses is all upset.

“She stood there smiling as if it was the most natural thing in the world to be slapped by a man in public. Maybe it is just so in that place.”

Back in 1973, Egyptian screen icon Omar Sharif was in Barbados filming The Tamarind Seed with Julie Andrews. For Auntie Moses, the memory of meeting Mr. Sharif (Doctor Zhivago!) is second only to Frank Sinatra kissing her on the cheek at the Barbados Yacht Club after she hid him in a walk-in cooler. It’s a true story!

So you can imagine Auntie’s horror at the viral video that shows Omar Sharif slapping a woman in public yesterday at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar.

Apparently the fan didn’t wait in line and that offended Mr. Sharif, so he did what comes naturally to any Middle Eastern misogynist: he told her in Arabic to wait her turn and slapped the woman a big one right across the face.

Then he realized that this was going out over the airwaves, so he quickly recovered and let the shaken woman stand beside him for a photo. She stood there smiling as if it was the most natural thing in the world to be slapped by a man in public. Maybe it is just so in that place.

The question I have is this: Same situation, same woman – but at the Los Angeles or Sundance Film Festivals. Would Sharif have slapped the woman?

Well? Would he?


Filed under Barbados, Celebrities, Culture & Race Issues

Former Canadian Diplomat to publish Barbados exposé – Corruption, Greed, Opportunism

Isaac Goodine thought he’d seen it all in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Then he was posted to Barbados.

By Junior Campbell at AllVoices…

A Canadian diplomat’s story

Isaac Goodine was born into a poor family. As a small boy he learned to read by practicing on the articles and adverts that appeared in newspapers used as wallpaper to decorate his family’s home. As Ike grew older, hard work, humility and a passion for learning saw him work his way up to a position where he would represent his country on the staff of the Canadian Embassy in Barbados.

During his five-year posting there, he grew to love the island and its people, and he and his wife planned to retire there. Then Isaac got burnt in his financial dealings with Barbadians. He learnt painfully that welcoming Barbadians were not all as hospitable as they seemed. He learned about the opportunism and corruption that is particularly prevalent among Barbados’ educated elite.

Goodine’s distressing story is recorded in a document he has written entitled “How Barbados Works.”

Soon to be published by Intelek International, the booklet tells how Ike became an investor in a business venture called the Knowledge Development Institute (KDI).

KDI boasted an impressive leadership line-up, including prominent Barbadian “change catalyst” Dr. Basil Springer. The then Governor General of Barbados, Dame Nita Barrow (sister of Barbadian “Father of Independence” and National Hero Errol Barrow) was also associated with the organization.

(To be continued at AllVoices)

Junior Campbell is based in London, England, United Kingdom, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.


Filed under Barbados, Business & Banking, Canada, Corruption, Ethics