T&T really went off the deep end in the last few weeks. I don’t know if it’s the lack of sea baths, the Avenue being closed or an overdose of street food as the lockdown measures are eased but something is definitely off.
The latest fiasco is the shenanigans that played off in the protests outside the US Embassy. I’m not talking about how persons were able to vandalize the embassy wall with spray paint. I mean where were the marines who guard the embassy? Yeah, them same marines who want to taser you and send you Guantanamo Bay for taking a small jam on their wall during Carnival.
But I digress….back to the fiasco at hand
Imagine you leave your house to go join the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement that you’ve seen on the television. Before you head down you put on your best civil disobedience outfit and grab the BLM Bristol board sign you stayed up late making while watching No Boundaries.
You head down to protest in front of the US Embassy all ready to make a difference but the police want to film you without your consent. <<PAUSE>>…could someone please explain to me what kind of protesters don’t want to get as much exposure for their cause as possible? Maybe they snuck out of their office during working hours or they told their wife they just running to the shop to buy a Ramasaran’s Peanut Punch and a pack of rough tops. Either way, if they wanted to protest where nobody could film them then they could’ve done that on Facebook like the rest of us.
Anyway, in response one genius decided that since the police were filming them against their will he will not only take an officer’s hat but also show him two “stinky fingers” (flip him off). Lo and behold this dude was subsequently on social media bragging about the incident and telling people “gary cant touch me he knows who I am” and “Im connected to the very top in this country”
If that wasn’t sad it would be hilarious. This guy is out in public protesting racism and privilege while engaging in the very privileged behavior he’s protesting. That’s like a soca artiste on stage making the usual “who supporting me for Road March” pleas while complaining about artistes who talk too much.
Well the dude has since apologized and disclosed his underlying mental illness. According to comments attributed to him in the media, “racist things” is one of his triggers and leads to erratic behavior. I would never make fun of mental illness no matter how many pharmacies or shopping plazas it allows you to own.
However, I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if a nobody like me, with only very weak connections to powerful people (I know them from seeing them in the paper or on TV), if I had come out to protest and do one of Gary’s boys dat. All now I in the station having my unmentionables slammed in desk drawers and trying to figure out how to use the pigtail bucket in the corner without my cellmates seeing my special place.
The moral of all of this is that Gopaul luck is not Seepaul luck. If you’re not connected to the very top don’t act like a tun-tun in public. Also, before you jump out yourself make sure you have a proper apology ready, preferably a video but not in an old jersey or talking slow in a restaurant.
Finally, even if you’re well connected, important people generally don’t like being linked to jackass behavior and will make you say sorry. We call that a heuristic or a general rule of thumb.