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Leslie Miller blasts Carnival

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Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: Jan 29, 2015

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Tall Pines MP Leslie Miller said yesterday he has grave reservations about whether Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is in the best interest of The Bahamas, and said the country should not import any

“garbage” to further destroy young people.

“I have my own grave reservations as to whether this is in the best interest of our country, realizing that the young people in this country are totally out of line morally,” said Miller when asked his views on the festival.

“When I look at those things and I look at if you want to import garbage to my country, I take exception to it, to be honest with you, as a member of Parliament and as a Bahamian.

“I say garbage because I was there one time as the minister of trade and industry, in Trinidad when they had the thing, and it didn’t impress me.

“I saw a lot of vulgarity, people were, I don’t want to say hitting on each other, but almost a sexual situation in broad daylight.

“So I really don’t have any appetite for it.”

Miller also said, “I understand that they are spending our money like drunken sailors, some of the top guys,” he added, though he would not state what he meant.

He said though, that he is only the “potcake” and no one listens to him.

He said he hopes the festival is successful, even though three members resigned from the festival commission on Friday.

Ed Fields, Freddie Munnings Jr. and Inga Bowleg resigned from the commission.

The Guardian asked Miller his views after the Bahamas Christian Council released a statement saying Carnival will encourage “promiscuity, fornication, rape, incest and other sins of the flesh.”

“In a recent expose of the costumes which will be worn at various events, the modesty of our women is clearly being dismissed as irrelevant,” the Christian Council said.

“Quite frankly, it would seem to us that our women’s sexuality is being overtly exploited for monetary gain.”

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Bradley Roberts said the Christian Council president must never have attended the Boxing Day and New Year’s Day Junkanoo parades.

He suggested that the group is out of touch.

But Miller said he is just as concerned as the Christian Council is about the festival.

“I am not enthused about it to be honest with you,” he said.

“I think that the Junkanoo that we have is our own brand. I don’t accept the word carnival that we are imitating, but we are great imitators.

“I hope that it works. I’m not one of those who is going to say hurrah about it. I believe in Junkanoo. I’ve been a Junkanooer all my life.

“I think we should be spending money branding what we have instead of imitating or transplanting other people’s culture on our people and call it something original. It is not. Junkanoo is original.

“But it is not my decision.”

Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe has said the government will ensure that Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival takes place in decency and order and “not cheapen anyone in our society, particularly our women”.

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