Local entrepreneur Shelly Williams has come to the defence of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson following claims he used the n-word during a recent filming of the show.
In a letter to Barbados TODAY, Williams, the operator of Platinum Services Limited – a VIP fast track, meet and assist, concierge services business – suggested that Clarkson has not shown any racist tendencies in her company’s dealings with him.
And she’s appealing to Barbadians not to get “fired up” against the British presenter, whom she describes as funny, fun loving, extremely creative and hard working.
“He has enough wealth to be able to take his family on holiday anywhere in the world yet for years he has chosen Barbados for his family holidays. May I ask why a man who some are saying should be banned from Barbados because he is a racist would choose to be met by my all black staff every time he lands here? And why would he choose Barbados whose population is 90 per cent black if he dislikes black people?
“Let us judge the man by what we, Bajans, know of him. He has repeatedly chosen to spend his holidays with us because he and his family love Barbados and us Bajans.
She added, “He is not the horrible person that the media is making him out to be and he should be welcomed here like a returning friend.”
Williams said Top Gear, which would be hosted here on May 17 and 18 at Bushy Park, would be like a “shot of adrenalin” for Barbados’ tourism sector and would benefit many small entrepreneurs.
“Let us raise ourselves out of the negative and rejoice in the fact that this man Clarkson is putting our island center stage on the world map. Let us show the world that Barbados is a “can do it” place where people of all races are welcomed and where anything can be achieved because we Bajans will never accept “it can’t be done”,” she said further.