One local promoter has responded to a statement by Professor Henry Fraser this week that Barbadians need to stop feting and start working.
Speaking in the Upper Chamber, Senator Fraser had noted that Barbados had built its reputation “as a solid country with a sober, Christian, hard working people who could be trusted to give an honest day’s work for a fair day’s pay, but he lamented, “that is not what we have been seeing [in recent] times”.
However, speaking with Barbados TODAY this morning at the National Cultural Foundation’s (NCF) offices at West Terrace, St James, Vilmore Johnson stated that there was no empirical evidence to suggest that the party habits of Barbadians was having a direct impact on their work ethic. And he challenged Professor Fraser to provide proof.
“I do a lot of partying and my work ethic is very high. I can only speak for myself, I can’t speak for the general public [but] I would have to see some sort of evidence produced to substantiate that claim. It is all well and good to say things, but you have to have statistics and facts to prove that. And if there are facts and evidence to prove [that], well then we need to do something about that.”
However, “in the absence of that [evidence], I am saying that it is a little difficult for me to endorse that comment, based on the fact it was just said by some body. For me, that is a little difficult to prove. There is no imperial evidence to suggest that lot of partying has an effect on the work ethic of Barbadians,” he stressed.
Johnson, who is the advertising manager at Starcom Network Inc., encouraged all Barbadians to go out and support all the events being held during the Crop Over season since the Crop Over festival makes a direct injection into the Barbados economy.
“The NCF cannot run these events unless they have some kind of funding. That funding may come in sponsorship but as you know times are very hard and sponsors are not coming on board as they used to. So if you don’t have the amount of sponsorship for the events then you need to have gate receipts and the gate receipts come from the support from Barbadians [and] visitors,” he told Barbados TODAY.
“We know we need more sponsorship in Crop Over, but we also need more consumers of the product offerings within the season. I am not entirely convinced that the numbers at some of our events could not be more, hence I urge those people who can make a meaningful and worthwhile contribution to do so. Crop Over is our festival and we should never be ashamed to step up when the need arises to do what is best for the stake of the national festival. So I urge all Barbadians to come out, support the remaining events of the season,” Johnson added.