Young entertainer Rico Holla Bak Goddard has hit back at media personality Anthony Admiral Nelson whom he claimed ambushed him on live television on Wednesday night.
He claimed that Nelson sought to discredit and embarrass him during his appearance on the Festival Stage programme on state-run CBC TV.
Goddard posted a video online of the interview with Nelson, complaining that while it was meant to be about his song, My Life and the music video released for Sweet Like Ooh, the host turned it into an attack on his integrity and music.
“How can it be a hit song if I never heard it?” the Festival Stage host asked Goddard during the interview.
That line of questioning and Nelson’s harsh criticism of the 25-year-old guest resulted in the interview becoming very tense.
In a subsequent interview with David Davis, host of online show Tamarind Tree Thursday night, Goddard said he was not happy with the treatment he received on Festival Stage.
The singer was particularly upset about Nelson’s response to him saying that at the age of 15, he had written a song for Trinidadian soca star Machel.
“I will call Machel and find out,” Nelson had said.
Goddard said he felt extremely disrespected by the veteran broadcaster.
“For [him] to go to that level to make it look like I am telling lies about my achievements is disrespectful, and I do not respect him for that,” he said.
“Honestly, he had some valid points, but my problem was [him] not giving me the chance to defend myself, then discrediting . . . my achievements.”
Despite that experience, fans and supporters have encouraged Goddard to press on, and he said he would do just that.
“When you are talented, people will attack you,” he said. “I see myself as someone who is doing great work and I will continue to do great work.”