If one local church leader had his way, Kiddie’s Kadooment would be a thing of the past.
In fact, Fitzroy Wilson, the senior pastor at the Kingdom First International Church, sees no reason why children should be heavily involved in the annual Crop Over festival, particularly Grand Kadooment. Wilson said the street parade was “almost an X-rated event”, usually highlighted by the wearing of skimpy costumes and exposes them to indecent behaviour.
“[These] children grow up to be adults wearing little or nothing on the streets and it sends a message of indecency,” Wilson said in explaining his position on Kiddies Kadooment.
“ What I am saying is that you cannot tell the younger generation to behave. You cannot say to the younger generation respect authorities and have manners when as an adult, you are modeling for them very lewd behaviour or you are encouraging it in the formative years of their lives with Kiddies Kadooment,” he stressed.
Echoing many of the concerns that had previously been expressed by other religious groups, Wilson told Barbados TODAY he was not against children having fun, but insisted that it should be done in “a decent manner” that would contribute to the well being of society.
“We can start with making sure that the kids are decently attired. We can look at making sure the message they are sending out is consistent with values that we want to build this nation with. So we have to look at the messages that come through the songs,” Wilson suggested.
“I would say that there needs to be role models for them so they can see what they are aspiring to,” the church leader said, adding, “The annual Kadooment Day is almost an X-rated event. It is not something that you can have a family day and go out and see it.”