“Somebody please tell our government and Minister (Terrence) Deyalsingh in particular, that silence is golden.
That was the comment made by UNC MP Rodney Charles, following the Health Minister’s appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, on the US network Comedy Central.
Minister Deyalsingh was at the time, troubleshooting the fallout from a viral tweet by rapper Nicki Minaj which alleged a connection between the Covid-19 vaccines and impotency.
However, Charles said “Some issues are off the table and should be contemptuously ignored, or treated with a “stiff upper lip”, and with “benign neglect”.
He said “George Bernard Shaw pointedly advises: “Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn”.
“While Mia Mottley (Barbados PM) showcases Caribbean intellect on serious media like CNN and the BBC, we are left wondering why did our government think it necessary to add salt to the wound, giving legs to a non-issue, and embarrassing a citizen by appearing on Trevor Noah’s comedy show.”
Charles added, “By appearing on a comedy show we send a pointed message to the world that we are not serious.
We are now a global laughing stock for 30 seconds of fame on a global comedy show?
Nikki Minaj may or may not have made a mistake but that is not a matter for our government. We have serious issues deserving its total attention.”
The Mayaro MP also noted, “international figures make statements from time to time that they wish they had not said. Why add to the global ridicule of one of our more famous daughters of the soil?”