Lenten Lacaray

It would seem that T&T has decided to forgo decorum for Lent 2016.

This… is not what I expected [IMG: memegenerator.net]
In the past three weeks, we’ve seen an epic amount of shenanigans, including, but not limited to:

  • Sexist remarks from the mayor of our capital city  (who then made a painful and lingering exit rivaling that of Romeo and Juliet, for whom parting was infamously sweet sorrow).
  • domestic abuse case blown wide open on the internet, which somehow ended up leading to the arrest of a populist hero, who has since been caught red-handed lying about his innocence. Worst of all, he ultimately managed to overshadow the aforementioned brutal domestic abuse case with his antics.
  • The sudden appearance of topless photos of, not one, but TWO of our local gymnasts who, coincidentally, are currently vying for the right to represent T&T at the Rio Olympics (which, according to the metrics originally set by the local governing body, one of them has already won).

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Enough is Enough

For most of my time here, I’ve been genuinely baffled by people who insist that, given the chance to live abroad, they would never have returned to T&T. Having spent half of my life elsewhere, I honestly couldn’t understand their perspective because, underneath all the inefficiencies, corruption and, yes, crime, T&T isn’t actually the worst place to live.

At least, that’s how I felt until very recently. You see, it’s one thing to know deep down that you’re living (and raising your child) in a deeply patriarchal society, but it’s another thing to have that fact declared by a public official who, apparently, sees nothing wrong with it. Continue reading “Enough is Enough”

Carnival Bacchanal

I posted that tweet at 12:15 this morning after scrolling through yet another thread of sanctimonious Trinbagonians eager to condemn women (it’s almost always women) for daring to bare their flesh during an annual national festival that has long been associated with that very thing.

Imagine my surprise (but not really) when I awoke hours later to the news that the Mayor of Port of Spain responded to questions about the death of a masquerader by referencing an earlier statement about the “vulgarity and lewdness” of some women during the Carnival season. Continue reading “Carnival Bacchanal”

Legal Absurdities

Not pictured: the final red arrow leading to police action. [Image: techtage.com]
Not pictured: the final red arrow leading to rapid police action. [Image: techtage.com]
If a crime happens in Trinidad and Tobago and no one films it, did it happen at all?

I’ve had occasion to ask myself this question several times over the last few weeks as viral video after viral video emerged to prompt the police into uncharacteristically swift action. After all, in a country where a video wasn’t enough to prompt an investigation into a government minister, how is it that things are suddenly moving so smoothly? Maybe we were turning a corner here.

Then came the video of the woman being brutally beaten by a man in an Arima bar. Continue reading “Legal Absurdities”

The Victim Blame Game

Let’s play a game.

This is going to end well. [Image: vipvalet.ca]
This is going to end well.
[Image: vipvalet.ca]
Imagine you have a car. Not just any car, but a really nice, new one. Make and model of your choice, fresh custom paint job. You drive your gorgeous car to a fancy restaurant, opt for valet parking and have a delicious dinner. Continue reading “The Victim Blame Game”