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Easter or Spring Break?

Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019. 12:58 pm CST.

The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News.

By Lisa Shoman: I thought long and hard about writing this because the intent is to reflect, not to judge anyone with pointed finger and pursed lip. But it won’t be pretty.

I’m admittedly of that now middle-aged generation for whom the Easter break was all about family fun, rest and repose – whether at a caye, by the river, on a family farm (preferably with a pond to cool off in) or even in sea bathing “backa hanga”.

The order of the day was family, food, fun and frolic in that order. Barbeque and blackstick ruled the day along with kids shrieking and playing in some kind of water. Alcohol consumption was liberal, but limited to “big pipple” with only you always drunken uncle Peeta/Jamsie/Naaman falling down stupid from the combination of tummuch likka and sun.

But Easter for many has become what my Caribbean cousins would call “bacchanal” and young people in the US would call Spring Break. And these days, beautiful seaside Placencia Village is the preferred bashment mecca.

I’ve never attended, mainly because the older I get, the more I hate crowds. These days, my Easter break is focused on escape, water and family. But like all of us on Belizean social media, I’ve seen the videos.

The one with the girl picking up a bwai, holding him firmly to her hips and humping him to the screams and delight of all. The one where the girl falls on her back, taking the bwai down with her and on top of her, where they hump to howls of approval.

The one where girls are encouraged to drink from bottles of hard liquor and to “bottoms up” to see who can finish first.

The one with the girl who some have dubbed “catwoman” who climbs up to twerk on a beam to cheers and succeeds in falling off the beam and taking down a Campari sign to screams which turn to cheers when she falls on the ground face down and continues to hump the wooden flooor. Notably, no one tries to stop her. and she springs up after a few seconds, determined to prove that she is “fine”.

I’m sure there are more, and worse examples that were shared, and that you have seen, but these were the few I actually saw or heard of.

When did men and women become cheap Easter entertainment? And when I say that, I can’t help but feel as though it is the women who are most degraded, all for what?

It probably started with “wet T-shirt contests”, then “bikini contests”, then came the “punta contests”, then the more explicit “bruk yu back contests” – and it has now degenerated into feats of public sexual prowess to see who will disrespect themselves the most for a prize contests.

It makes me feel sad, and a bit sick. These are not dance competitions. They are not even beauty pageants. They are nothing but raw exploitation of human beings to make a buck. And all too often children, and minors under the age of 16 are avid spectators to the madness.

Our Easter has now become the kind of Spring Break that places like Daytona Beach have banned.

I think it is time for Village Councils like Placencia’s, Liquor Licensing Boards, owners of establishments, and sponsors of such Easter beach events such as Campari and the Bowen and Bowen empire to demand and enforce some measure of control.

Or are we waiting for someone to die from alcohol poisoning? Will we only declaim piously when some girl has broken her fool neck?

With freedom comes responsibility. We need to reclaim that responsibility.


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