PM's appearance at 2019 Int'l Soca Monarch garners mixed reaction
Lenard 'Spider' Montoute, Teddyson John, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet
On March 2, 2019, Teddyson John secured a second place finish in the Groovy Soca category of the 2019 International Soca Monarch held in Trinidad & Tobago. In a widely circulated video, John can be seen leaving the soca monarch stage following the performance of his hit song 'Vent', before engaging in a long embrace with Saint Lucia's Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet. The singer appears visibly surprised at the prime minister's presence. Also in the video is Lenard 'Spider' Montoute, Saint Lucia's Minister for Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment and Gros-Islet MP. The clip was also posted onto the Office of The Prime Minister's Facebook page.
“Congratulations to Teddyson John on placing 2nd in the International Soca Monarch. You have made us extremely proud. Always a winner in our books.” This was the message posted to Hon Allen Chastanet's official Facebook page. However, it was the video which managed to cause a nationwide stir and mixed reactions from the public in the Helen of the West Indies.
“In this moment I appreciate our PM. It's these little things that matter. Now, just get it right in the country and we good,” said one Saint Lucian Facebook user.
Others, who only had positive things to say, weighed in
A Trinidadian woman said
Additionally, Trinidadian and Internationally renowned Soca singer Bunji Garlin offered words of admiration.
Though the positive responses far outweighed the negative, some people were brash with their skepticism and questioned the source of funds used to finance the Prime Minister's trip to Trinidad & Tobago. Others openly expressed their disapproval, saying that the country's leader should be focused on other concerns.
“... Long Liv the King. To hell with our REALITY, but may our perceived status live forever. Our Hospitals who cares, unemployment who cares, subventions for Fire Victims and National Trust removed, who cares, distorting unemployment figures, who cares, $1.2 billion dollars loaned within 2 1/2 years, but nothing to show for it, who cares as long as HUGS FOR ARTIST are being shown all over the Caribbean,” one man stated.
Another woman openly reasoned:
Meanwhile, via his instagram page, Teddyson John himself said he was grateful for the Prime Minister's—and by extension the government—support.
Efforts to receive further comment from the Prime Minister's office were futile.