Live international pro wrestling for the very first time in Guyana. Someone on the radio called it ‘historic’. Totally.
A historic moment when Guyanese were able to achieve the highest glamorization of commercial violence as modelled by our Western friends. Fabulous! Because it’s not like we don’t have a severe enough problem of violence against females and children in this country that it would make your stomach sick if you could hold it all in your head at one time and you would have to laugh from the perversity of the mere thought of painting violence in any shade of positivity, right?
This one won’t be a long piece. It should not be necessary for me to tell you why glamourizing violence is unhealthy. It doesn’t take a genius to see that this statement:
“The organiser also stressed that it is the objective of the promotional group to do something that will promote positive family values, ease the tension and foster unity amidst all the negativity Guyanese face in the society.”
is completely bum-backwards.
You know what matters? What you tell your children is okay and what’s not okay. Sure, they learn stuff in school and from their friends but a large amount of their reality is shaped at home. When you say some instances of violence are “clean fun”, you teach your little boy that it might not be a big deal if he slaps his future girlfriend around a bit. You teach your little girl that it may be okay that sometimes her future boyfriend slaps her around a bit.
When are we going to start behaving responsibly?