Fabien surprised by traction after revealing he was asked to tell ‘anti-PM jokes’

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Fabien surprised by traction after revealing he was asked to tell ‘anti-PM jokes’

Comedian, businessman and MC, Errol Fabien, said he did not expect his Facebook post on political censorship to gain such traction.

On Monday, he revealed that he declined to do a show over the weekend, after he was told by the show promoter not to tell any “anti-PNM” jokes.

Fabien said: “I am sick and tired of us allowing party politics to get into everything. We can’t move on as a people from point A to B in our own best interest without politics slowing us down or retarding us from moving at all.”

Taking to Facebook following the incident, he wrote: “Well as I live and breathe. A promoter who engaged me to host a calypso show weekend gone, said to me ‘No anti-PNM jokes eh.’ Yuh hear what I saying…The man was as serious as a heart attack. I refuse to name the promoter because I consider him a friend and the issue is not him.

“The issue is that it is okay for him to dare to say what he said. He is emboldened by the little people in this administration who will withhold if they come to the show and feel offended. And whilst it is his money he is spending and he has the right to demand what he is paying for, why call me? I am who I am.

“A calypso show is where, between the calypsonians and the MC, we deal with all societal goings on. If it becomes a pro-PNM charade then it is not of the people, it is of the few. Calypso is of the people. I need the work, but I need my manhood more. I did not do the show.”

In a Newsday interview, Fabien said: “I felt I needed to say something. Normally I will tell them how I feel and move on. I did not realise it would incur such strong and plentiful reactions.

“I really posted for the creatives to be aware. Not all of us can forego the money, sometimes you really need the money and you have to take it.

“I just want the creatives to know that everybody sometimes take a position because of the politics and it could either minimise us or compromise us.”