Port-of-Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee made the comment while responding to questions from members of the media present at his City Hall office yesterday.
Tim Kee had been asked to comment on the discovery of a woman in costume at the Queen’s Park Savannah, near the Queen’s Royal College yesterday morning.
The woman was identified late yesterday evening as Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya. LoopTT understands she was a regular visitor to the country and played with the Silver Stars Orchestra.
The mayor acknowledging that the “lewd behaviour” displayed by women during Carnival is “encouraged” by men, said T&T’s culture is more than vulgarity.
Below is Tim Kee’s full statement.
“You know before Carnival I did make a comment about vulgarity and lewdness in the conduct and you know, some question was asked by one of the smart media people when I spoke of the things that I see some women do, assisted by men of course. But the woman has the responsibility to ensure that they are not abused.”
“And my argument was you could enjoy Carnival without going through that routine. They do all sorts of things, I mean, things. And I throw back the question: During the day of prancing and partying, how many times do they go through those routines? Is it the majority of times or fewer times than the majority? So I ask when the other times they are not doing it, are they enjoying themselves?”
“Then why you can’t continue with that and maintain some kind of dignity?”
“When I heard that news this morning (yesterday), I know you would have tourists that would come here who are strangers here and may not be aware of all the risks of doing certain things. In the Savannah over there – it’s somewhere by the Savannah, right? So then you have to let your imagination roll a bit and figure out was there any evidence of resistance or did alcohol control?”
“Therefore involuntary actions were engaged in, and so on, but I’m simply saying that our Carnival does not need that and I can well imagine what will be said by the country from which she came, about one of their people came here to participate in our Carnival and is now dead, right – not an accident from any vehicle no truck ain’t bounce anybody.”
“It’s a matter of, if she was still in her costume – I think that’s what I heard- let your imagination roll.”
“My comment is that is rather embarrassing for us, the City, it is embarrassing for Carnival and I think much more advisories should go out to the public, especially to those who don’t understand a lot of the culture. Our culture is not just playing mas. There are a lot of other subcultures people engage in all year, and therefore they have to be very alert and very careful about whom they associating with when they go out.”