First, the bad news. Survey says that Family Feud host and Think Like A Man author Steve Harvey’s stint as the “woman whisperer” is over, after he created an international furore yesterday by giving Miss Colombia a shorter reign as Miss Universe than Reshmi Ramnarine had at the SIA.
Colombia has not been this worked up about United States interference since late drug lord Pablo Escobar railed against “Yankee imperialism” but was mostly miffed at a US Department of Justice extradition order.
And the good news?
Well, the Aria Lounge has an opening for a doorman who can’t tell women apart.
Harvey, a comedian-turned-actor-turned-women guru-turned-Miss Universe host-turned-laughing stock, botched a routine announcement of Miss Colombia as runner-up and Miss Philippines as Miss Universe.
Gorgeous, smiling young contestants tripping over wooden questions would not be the talking point of the show this year. And, for that, women can be grateful to Harvey.
It does seem to be open season on men these days. Even women who just happen to dress like men.
And, before you accuse Mr Live Wire of playing the victim, verily I say unto thee: Hush yuh stink mouth!
By which I mean, poor Dr Roodal Moonilal and Vasant Bharath did not fare too well in the gender wars either. Kamla Persad-Bissessar successfully painted both men as little imps hanging off her dress tail in the UNC internal elections before administering the type of flogging she once had outlawed during a previous stint as Education Minister.
Hypocrite much Tanty Kamla?
And speaking of public bodies shedding some unwanted pounds: Merry Christmas to the JCC and good luck to you in your endeavours under the new PNM administration.
At the risk of being obvious though, isn’t shelving your conscience in the hope of a good romp more of a Carnival vice than a yuletide thing?
There were precious few column inches dedicated to the disgraceful end suffered by former JCC president Afra Raymond, whose public pronouncements on transparency and good governance have been a breath of fresh air from the private sector.
If only, Raymond could prove that he was wearing a dress when the JCC insisted he apologise to UDECOTT chairman Noel Garcia.
Mind you, this in no way invalidates the Shannon Gomes protests that took place outside Aria last Friday, after the club refused to let her in for free on “Ladies Night” due to her masculine attire rather than gender.
Can a woman not be a lady? Doth clothes really maketh the man?
Is it fair to have a “sexy discount” that excludes men much less women dressed as men?
The debate sparked not so much a vagina monologue as a talk tent. Live Wire barely made it down that route unscathed the first time, so he will take the bypass on this occasion.
Still, it is interesting that Gomes did not turn up for Womantra’s protest on her behalf. Although she probably clicked “Like” on their Facebook page and “Maybe” on the event invitation.
Welcome to 2015: when people can lead rowdy demonstrations for over a week without leaving their rooms; and when the stupidest thing said at a beauty contest came from the dude with a best-selling book.