Rum is my lover - Perpetuating a stereotype
These stills are taken from a local television show that promotes the culture of Trinidad and Tobago. Once a week or so, it slots in a chutney video count down in a cheesy commentary format.
Making low-budget Soca Chutney videos as such seen on Synergy TV requires the following; Rum, a river, a beach, roll-on-roll off cars, Indian dancers in costume, wedding guests, family and friends,feuded neighbors, a iron pot for a cookup, domestic animals such as fowls (cocks) or cats (catt) and more rum to incite fights and cutlass chopping.
The star Ravi Bissambhar from the video clip is a bit of a celebrity himself, and as he was interviewed by the VJ, a older woman kept accosting him then uttered the words, "I want to rape yuh." One wonders why it was not edited out. And although the melody is about Rum drinking, in part of the video (the river scene) it shows Mr. Bissambhar holding up a bottle of scotch. ??? There are the lyrics from song which, Ravi Bissambhar sings with great passion
Rum is meh lover and I don cyare, so we drinking today and we drinking forever, Akela hoon main
But I don cyare what people say, Ah drinking today and we drinking forever, ah Tequila or Beer
Rum kill meh muda
Rum kill meh fada
Rum kill meh whole family
Rum kill meh broda
Rum kill meh sista
Now it want to come and kill me
But I don cyare what people say, oh ah drinking today and ah drinking forever, Akela hoon mainFor readers unfamiliar with Trinidad and Tobago, the backdrop is Mayaro beach and the video is a broad generalization of desires and wants of East Indians. The whole idea of promoting alcoholism with East Indians equals the vulgarity of mainstream music which perpetuates the stereotype of young black men and women.
Note: Akela hoon main is Hindi for "I am alone"
Read the racist comments at Youtube
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