One of Ghana’s finest actor, Van Vicker has taken a swipe at the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional integration, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey for alluding that Parliament is serious people and not actors.
Ms Shirley Ayorkor-Botchwey took a swipe at John Dumelo, who is contesting for Member of Parliament of Ayawaso West Wuogon, on one of her campaign platforms saying “Parliament is a very serious business, it’s a serious place. The place is not for those who think they can heal the sick. No! No! No! No! No! Do not let that happen. It is a serious place.”
She also said if electorates in the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency do not vote for the incumbent, Madam Lydia Alhassan, they would always be at the movie theatre to watch movies if John Dumelo wins.
This did not go down well with most people who in the creative industry saying her statement is an insult to their intelligence including Van Vicker.
Van Vicker posted this on his social media timeline:
I understand that politicians say the damndest things to score political points, however, this reoccurrence rhetoric, that parliament is for ‘SERIOUS PEOPLE’ and the creative arts people (actors & musicians) are ‘UNSERIOUS PEOPLE’ hence should not go to parliament or by extension go into politics, SHOULD END.
This post is NOT about NPP or NDC, it is about what the Hon. Shirley Ayorkor, the Foreign Minister of Ghana said about actors; what she said to a colleague actor @johndumelo1
Now all my creative arts colleagues should be resentful at her utterance and demand an apology, for what she said is indeed racist, discriminatory and such bigotry SHOULD NO LONGER be perpetuated in dividing us as a people.
To put it mildly, who is the ‘UNSERIOUS PERSON’?
The ‘SERIOUS PERSON’ who watches movies & listens to music MADE BY the ‘UNSERIOUS PERSON’?
The ‘UNSERIOUS PERSON’ who COMPELLS the ‘SERIOUS PERSON’ to do dance moves and recall movie scenes during conversations?
Your guess is as good as mine.
The crux of my post again is not about NPP or NDC. It is about pronouncements that CAN POTENTIALLY cause chaos. If one sees reasons not to use ethnicity, religion or race, etc. as a platform to galvanize people, I opine the same reasons be applied to occupations
If one wishes to apply the ad hominem fallacy during an argument then so be it because one will only have an individual to deal with, but, do not consciously pull in the hasty generalization fallacy, because one will have a whole industry to deal with.
Madam Ayorkor, you are one of my favorite ministers but the one thing you do not want is to have actors & musicians against you, recall DUMSOR.
We are more popular than you, to say the least, and WE ARE EXTREMELY ‘SERIOUS PEOPLE’.
Long Live Democracy
Long Live Ghana
Source: Ghana Waves