Businesswoman defends Clarkson

Shelly Williams
Shelly Williams

Local entrepreneur Shelly Williams has come to the defence of Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson following claims he used the n-word during a recent filming of the show.

In a letter to Barbados TODAY, Williams, the operator of Platinum Services Limited – a VIP fast track, meet and assist, concierge services business – suggested that Clarkson has not shown any racist tendencies in her company’s dealings with him.

And she’s appealing to Barbadians not to get “fired up” against the British presenter, whom she describes as funny, fun loving, extremely creative and hard working.

He has enough wealth to be able to take his family on holiday anywhere in the world yet for years he has chosen Barbados for his family holidays. May I ask why a man who some are saying should be banned from Barbados because he is a racist would choose to be met by my all black staff every time he lands here? And why would he choose Barbados whose population is 90 per cent black if he dislikes black people?

Let us judge the man by what we, Bajans, know of him. He has repeatedly chosen to spend his holidays with us because he and his family love Barbados and us Bajans.

She added, “He is not the horrible person that the media is making him out to be and he should be welcomed here like a returning friend.”

Williams said Top Gear, which would be hosted here on May 17 and 18 at Bushy Park, would be like a “shot of adrenalin” for Barbados’ tourism sector and would benefit many small entrepreneurs.

Let us raise ourselves out of the negative and rejoice in the fact that this man Clarkson is putting our island center stage on the world map. Let us show the world that Barbados is a “can do it” place where people of all races are welcomed and where anything can be achieved because we Bajans will never accept “it can’t be done”,” she said further.

14 Responses to Businesswoman defends Clarkson

  1. Adrian M Chase
    Adrian M Chase May 10, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    For eons our colonial masters were coming to Barbados, does this make them not racist?
    Does money make you not racist?
    Amazing but expected.

  2. Julie Leenders
    Julie Leenders May 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Brilliant Shelly say it as it is

  3. Julie Leenders
    Julie Leenders May 10, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Brilliant Shelly say it as it is

  4. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway May 10, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    the larger picture,,, last weeks news will be old news

  5. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler May 10, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    She benefits from him, so what else you expect her to say

  6. Sanderson Rowe May 11, 2014 at 12:47 am

    We have allowed into Barbados , a sect from the United States who have built a number of churches on the island, has a moderate following of blacks, yet their bible proclaims in their book pf 2 Nephi Verse 21
    ” And he (God) had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea ,even a sore cursing because of their iniquity……………wherefore as they were white and exceedingly fair and delightsome , that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them.”
    Certainly more damaging than the N-word.

  7. Mark Walkes May 11, 2014 at 5:53 am

    Shelley is right. The British media perpetuates negativity and whenever there is an opportunity to beat up someone who is in the public eye, they have a field day. Did Clarkson say the supposedly “N” word? Not proven yet the British media is being stupid about it. I am a British citizen, born and raised in Barbados, so I have no issue with Clarkson being in Barbados. The positives for the island is tremendous, so those Barbadians who are calling for a travel ban for Clarkson, really have no clue as to what they are really doing. Don’t just react to the British media stupidity.

    In times of great austerity, the island needs to benefit from all positives and cast aside negatives, and moreso when the initial issue has nothing whatsoever to do with the island.

  8. David Denny May 11, 2014 at 9:22 am

    I do not accept your statement Shelly Williams. Clarkson is a racist and our black brothers and sisters in England continue to explained what kind of man he is. Why you are not defending your black brothers and sisters from Jamaica and Guyana that gets treat like dogs at our airport in Barbados.

    It’s time you stand up and defend your black family.

    David Denny
    General Secretary
    Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration

  9. Mac10 May 11, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Utter nonsense.

    Excellent point David. I’m sure Clarkson has best friends who are black too!!!

  10. Cessj May 11, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I’m Bajan-born, but raised in the UK and since January, now back living in Barbados for an extended period. As someone who lived in the UK, and experienced some of the vilest racism, it bothers me when I hear Bajans dismiss Clarkson – and racism in general – as media agitating. Anyone with any sense or knowledge of the workings of the British media knows that the majority of the British media has no interest in agitating on behalf of non-white people – to the contrary. Clarkson used a term that many black peoples find offensive for very good reasons. This is not the first time he has made such nasty comments, and it probably will not be the last. Do you really think that because he chooses to holiday in Barbados that it means he cannot be racist? That is an absurdly reductionist argument. You might as well say that western colonialists so much liked Africans that they brought us to the colonies and enslaved us here. Us Bajan-Brits and other Black British/African Caribbean people have fought long struggles against the kind of nasty racism held by people like Clarkson, and it saddens and angers me when I hear black people denying or dismissing his words as meaningless. I suspect that the letter-writer is motivated more by profit motive than by any real understanding of Clarkson’s casual and micro-aggressive racism.

  11. David Hall May 11, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    “He has enough wealth to be able to take his family on holiday anywhere in the world yet for years he has chosen Barbados for his family holidays. May I ask why a man who some are saying should be banned from Barbados because he is a racist would choose to be met by my all black staff every time he lands here? And why would he choose Barbados whose population is 90 per cent black if he dislikes black people?

    But that is precisely the point. Because he has so much money according to you, he chooses places where there area majority of blacks so that he can lord it over them.Money Talks!!

  12. dd smith May 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Blacks people are throwing they toys out the pram, ghetto and street blacks in the US, use this word every minute of the day. I am black live in the UK , didn’t give second thoughts to Clarkson remarks, we are so hard done by, only when it suits most of us. We had/have slavery, still the klu Klux Klan, encountering of racism every day , this is easy targeting of Clarkson. Racism is not like grey hair, cannot be seen. WE have lost our culture to the bible and money making religious organizations, we were force to accept gays and gay marriages. In the light of it all ,the majority of our black women don’t even want to be black anymore they are bleaching themselves so much, making a new breed of albinos. You lot grow up.

  13. David Denny May 12, 2014 at 9:01 am

    What I say in my statement , is that my black brothers and sisters in England say he is a racist and that has made statements that offends my African family. I f you want to defend this kind of man its your right. I have respect for my African family and ancestors that die defending my African family against white racism. You did not experience racism like our ancestors that were enslaved. What I think you mean is acceptance or respect from white Barbados. That’s your battle and not a battle for a Pan Africanist like me. I don’t have a pay check that is guaranteed, I am a very poor man but I am a man that demands respect and will defend the poor and powerless and will stand in solidarity with the International Workers Movement. I don’t live in any white rich community I live in poor community and I fight to pay my bills.

  14. David Denny May 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Clement Payne Movement (Barbados) PRESS RELEASE




     The presence in Barbados of Jeremy Clarkson (producer and presenter of the BBC’s Top Gear television programme) as an honoured, invited guest of the Government of Barbados is a disgrace and a blot upon the good name of our country.

    At present, Mr. Clarkson is the object of outrage in his native Britain over the latest in a string of insensitive racial remarks that have emanated from his mouth over the years. Indeed, throughout Britain there is an ever increasing public demand for Clarkson’s dismissal from the BBC!

    A few weeks ago Britain’s Mirror newspaper broke the news that Clarkson had been filmed using the word “nigger” in a segment that was being produced for his Top Gear television programme. Clarkson initially denied having used the word, but subsequently retracted his denial and issued an apology of sorts.

    However, Clarkson’s apology hasn’t gone down well in Britain– and shouldn’t go down well in Barbados either— for the simple reason that this is not the first time that Clarkson has made demeaning statements about non-White people.

    Recently, Britain’s Daily Telegraph published an article outlining what they considered to be Clarkson’s top 10 offensive “gaffes”. These included his 2013 use of the word “slope”- a derogatory term for people of Asian descent; his January 2012 insulting of Indians, their culture and history; his February 2011 xenophobic reference to Mexicans; his April 2007 reference to Malaysians as “jungle people who wear leaves as shoes”; his October 2009 offensive reference to “black Muslim lesbians”; and his December 2005 making of a Nazi salute!

    Based on this record, Jeremy Clarkson is not the type of person we should want to see in our country period! Furthermore, the last thing we should want to do is to give the impression to our impressionable young people (and the not so young ones as well) that there is nothing wrong with the type demeaning racist sentiments that are now synonymous with Jeremy Clarkson! The very last thing we should want to do is to give our youth the impression that it is acceptable to perceive of a Jeremy Clarkson as some type of acceptable celebrity or media hero.

    In light of our history of slavery and anti-black racism, we Barbadians– of all people– should evince an attitude of zero tolerance of all aspects of anti-Black racism or racial discrimination .Whenever racism or anti-Black discrimination raises its ugly head we should be the first people to express outrage and to strike it down.

    For far too long now we have borne the brunt of cruel and racist put downs of people who look like us– Black and otherwise non-European people. It is time for it to stop! And we must play our role in helping to signal to the entire world that no vestige of anti-Black racism will be tolerated.

    Our Government has therefore let us down badly by inviting Jeremy Clarkson to come to Barbados as an honoured guest. They have shamed us and have made us out to be a nation that is lacking in racial pride and self respect.

    It is against this background therefore that the Clement Payne Movement wishes to publicly declare that our organization denounces Jeremy Clarkson and all that he stands for , and that we consider him persona non grata whose presence among us is anathema to us.





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