The vulgar behaviour at Carnival is shameful and it is time to revisit whether there should be a live feed of the celebrations, which should not be viewed by young children, says ChildLine co-ordinator Mary Moonan.
ChildLine, founded in 2002, is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that provides a helpline, 800-4321, to assist and rescue children who are physically or sexually abused.
“I don’t think it is acceptable to continue like this, and I think the media houses must also be held responsible for displaying these things because I know, sometimes, they actually look for couples that are doing the most vulgar gyration to show them on TV and then, of course, when the particular couple realise that they are on live TV, their behaviour goes from bad to worse. We have to stop that, that is within our control; they need to set very clear guidelines as to what they will show on TV,” Moonan said.
She said the costumes have gone “overboard” and the behaviour of some masqueraders was unacceptable.
“That is not what Carnival is all about. I find it shameful and I find it a very poor example being set for our children who see men and women gyrating against each other; I mean, the only thing that is left for the imagination is the clothes they have on or the costume they have on, but otherwise, I don’t think that is the way one should display one’s emotions in public,” Moonan said.
“I am not against sex; people who wish to have sex can have it in the privacy of wherever they wish to have it, but not in public and where it is being shown on live TV to anyone who is watching and, more often than not, it would be young children,” she added.
She asked how a parent could teach their children to not behave in this manner when adults are behaving this way, and even parents themselves.
“When one is high on whatever they are drinking and whatever else they may be smoking, can we leave it up to individual responsibility? Society has to decide what is acceptable behaviour and what is not, and what is not, needs to be removed, if need be, enforced by the police,” she said.
Port of Spain Mayor Raymond Tim Kee had also knocked the behaviour of masqueraders, saying it was “vulgar and reprehensible”.