Minister of Culture not happy with lewd carnival behaviour

By Val Henry, 

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 9th February, 2018, ( – If there was any doubt, the Minister responsible for carnival in St. Kitts and Nevis, and Minister of Culture, Shawn Richards, made it very clear again on Wednesday night that government is not happy with the vulgar behaviour of some during the recent Carnival Day parade in January.

Following the release of various videos via social media after the carnival celebrations that ended last month, there was a public outcry over the coarse display of revelers engaging in sexual displays in the eyes of children amongst the crowd lining the streets to watch the carnival troupes.

Richards, who is also the country’s Deputy Prime Minister, had some harsh words for those calypsonians who write and perform songs with crude lyrics that are not fit for the ears of children and do not meet the standards of decency.

As the line minister responsible for the carnival, Richards reminded calysponians that children listen and dance to such songs and are easily influenced to copy the adults with conduct that is unsuitable and debasing.

The minister made his views known on Wednesday, 7th February, 2018, while addressing a town hall meeting, held at the NEMA conference room at Lime Kiln, and organized by the Carnival Committee.

He admonished that while having fun is what carnival is all about, the way we behave in public is also a matter that requires the highest levels of social responsibility.

He promised that in coming months, he intends to have dialogue with calypsonians to help to avoid a repeat of songs that do not measure up to the levels of morality.


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