UNITED National Congress (UNC) leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday described as “offensive” remarks by her former cabinet minister Dr Fuad Khan, in which he described a woman as “a tub”.
Persad-Bissessar said Khan’s words do not represent the UNC and she was critical of the “harsh” manner in which Khan chose to attempt to convey a message about obesity and health.
Khan is being accused of perpetuating “fat shaming” against Candice Santana, a masquerader in the recently-ended Carnival 2019 who claimed she was bullied over her weight while playing mas.
Last week Santana took to Facebook to state that Trinidad and Tobago is a fat-shaming society and called on larger-sized women to love themselves.
While Santana almost immediately attracted a social media following showing support, Khan posted a video to Facebook in which he called on Santana and the national community to recognise obesity and beware the non-communicable diseases that often follow.
Khan used phrases that struck a nerve with many and he was roundly booed for being insensitive and a bully. He was also called on to apologise to Santana. He received more “licks” from demonstrators at the weekend for the observance of International Women’s Day last Friday, who cried shame on Khan’s choice of words.
In a statement at the weekend, Khan said he was not backing down. Khan said while he is ready to apologise for the “harsh tone and some strong words” in his video, he stood by “the substance of the statements”.