Port of Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee responded to outrage at his comments with reference to late Japanese pannist Asami Nagakiya with an apology of sorts. So Mr Live Wire countered with an acknowledgement of sorts.
Read both letters below:
(Here is the full response by the Mayor)
His Worship the Mayor of Port of Spain Alderman Raymond Tim Kee unequivocally apologises to women and the national population who were offended by remarks attributed to him following the death of carnival visitor and mas player, Asami Nagakiya.
Mayor Tim Kee says that his comments were completely misconstrued, and one particular headline unfortunately stated “POS Mayor criticises women” drawing fire even before the article was read. Mayor Tim Kee said that he advised women to take responsibility and protect themselves as so many women are the victims of abuse at the hands of others.
He agrees that his comments could have been considered out of line, but despite the anger being expressed from many quarters including feminist groups and activists, he has also received calls of support from several women agreeing with him on the lack of modesty displayed by some women and girls on the streets during the Carnival Celebrations.
There is indeed a concern about the behaviour of both male and female mas players generally as they are now being emulated by children who believe that lewd behaviour and carnival go hand in hand.
He says that it is with deep regret to have to speak of the death of Ms Nagakiya who has been a welcome visitor and close friend of the steel band community in Trinidad & Tobago for several years.
Mayor Tim Kee further states that Members of Council and Management of the Port of Spain Corporation also extend deepest sympathy to the family of Asami Nagakiya.
The circumstances surrounding her death are being investigated and the public would be kept updated by the authorities.
Office of the Mayor
(Response from Mr Live Wire)
Dear Raymond Tim Kee,
Firstly, please, don’t refer to yourself as “His Worship.” It really is the sort of pompous title that should not exist in the post-colonial age.
Did you know that worship means “the object of adoring reverence or regard?”
Of course you didn’t. Just as you evidently don’t understand the meaning of the word “apology.”
You are sorry that your “comments were completely misconstrued” Sir?
I am sorry that you don’t realise what a sorry individual you are for your insensitive, anachronistic and misogynistic views on women and abuse. But I am mostly sorry that you still have the authority to issue press releases from the Mayor’s office.
I can only hope that this is remedied post-haste and you are quickly ushered back into the 19th century where you belong.
Now, your press release repeatedly carries phrases like: “Mayor Tim Kee said that…”
Does this mean that, after abusing the memory of a dead woman, you couldn’t spare the time to apologise—or pretend to apologise—yourself? Or are you referring to yourself in the third person?
If it is the latter, Tim Kee, do you think you are God? Or Brian Lara?
If it is the former, I would gladly throw you in the deep end of the ocean to see if you can walk on water. Bet you think it is as easy as knitting.
And I bet you have never knitted.
If it is the latter, I hope that, instead of promoting boxing matches, you put on gloves yourself and issue an open invitation for sparring partners. You would be surprised to know how many women would love to meet you in that context.
Sir, arguably, this was the most revealing part of your pseudo-apology: “He agrees that his comments could have been considered out of line, but despite the anger being expressed from many quarters including feminist groups and activists, he has also received calls of support from several women agreeing with him on the lack of modesty displayed by some women and girls on the streets during the Carnival celebrations.”
For starters, no apology to anyone—let alone thousands of irate women—passes the mustard with the word “but” in there.
It is safe to say you are not half as charming to the opposite sex as you might think. And we can only hope that women in your company are extra careful so as not to call abuse upon themselves.
Sir, there is really no question as to whether your comments were out of line. And it only heightens the irony that you suspect the angry response is largely coming from feminists.
Sir, I think Trinidad and Tobago comprises of roughly 1.3 million feminists at the moment. Even Chandresh Sharma might march for this one!
Imagine just months ago, we were so ashamed that Dr Fuad Khan stereotyped our Chinese colleagues as dognappers and pet chefs.
How should we treat your utterances, which slander the image and modesty of a tragically departed talented Japanese young woman, who was an avid pannist to boot?
Let me crystal clear so this letter will not be misconstrued.
Mr Tim Kee, you offer as much value to the Port of Spain burgess as an ashtray on a motorbike. And seeing you in front of a microphone is like watching a little child run with scissors.
To quote the philosophical musings of Beyonce: “Everything you need is in the box to the left…”
Not that you deserve Beyonce, of course. But we will be sure to give Solange your home address.
Office of the Live Wire
Editor’s Note: Click HERE to listen yourself to Port of Spain mayor Raymond Tim Kee’s initial press conference, which provoked a furious public response.