Ghanaian actor Van Vicker has taken a swipe at the Member of Parliament for Anyaa-Sowutuom, Shirley Ayorkor-Botchway for suggesting parliament is too serious a place for actor John Dumelo who is contesting for Member of Parliament at Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress.
On one of her campaign platforms, Shirley said: "Parliament is a very serious business, it's a serious place. The place is not for those who think they can heal the sick. No! No! No! No! No! Do not let that happen. It is a serious place."
She added that if the constituents fail to give the incumbent Member of Parliament Lydia Alhassan the nod and rather vote for actor John Dumelo, they would always be at the movie theatre to watch movies.
This has not gone down well with a lot of creatives including Van Vicker.To most of these showbiz people, her statement is an insult to the intelligence of people in the sector.
The Screen Actors Guild Ghana (SAGG) has also described as "unfortunate", "distasteful" and "disappointing" the recent comment by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration against John Setor Dumelo, the National Democratic Congress' (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate for Ayawaso West Wuogon, to the effect that Parliament is serious business and not for actors like him.
Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, an outgoing Member of Parliament (MP) for Anyaa Sowutuom in the Greater Accra Region, last week was in Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency to campaign for the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) parliamentary candidate, Lydia Seyram Alhassan, where she declared "Parliament is for serious minded people and not people who have done some movies and think they are popular."
Her comment, has irked the Screen Actors Guild Ghana and they are demanding a retraction and an apology from the Foreign Minister, who made the remark, while in the company of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo, during his recent tour of the Greater Accra Region as part of the campaign for the 7th December election.
They warned "we would be forced to respond in equal measure, if she refuses to do as advised by 3pm on a Tuesday, December 1, 2020".
Van Vicker took to social media to write:I understand that politicians say the damndest things to score political points, however, this reoccurrence rhetoric, that parliament is for 'SERIOUS PEOPLE' and the creative arts people (actors & musicians) are 'UNSERIOUS PEOPLE' hence should not go to parliament or by extension go into politics, SHOULD END.
This post is NOT about NPP or NDC, it is about what the Hon. Shirley Ayorkor, the Foreign Minister of Ghana said about actors; what she said to a colleague actor @johndumelo1
Now all my creative arts colleagues should be resentful at her utterance and demand an apology, for what she said is indeed racist, discriminatory and such bigotry SHOULD NO LONGER be perpetuated in dividing us as a people.To put it mildly, who is the 'UNSERIOUS PERSON'?
The 'SERIOUS PERSON' who watches movies & listens to music MADE BY the 'UNSERIOUS PERSON'?
The 'UNSERIOUS PERSON' who COMPELLS the 'SERIOUS PERSON' to do dance moves and recall movie scenes during conversations?Your guess is as good as mine.
The crux of my post again is not about NPP or NDC. It is about pronouncements that CAN POTENTIALLY cause chaos. If one sees reasons not to use ethnicity, religion or race, etc. as a platform to galvanize people, I opine the same reasons be applied to occupations.
If one wishes to apply the ad hominem fallacy during an argument then so be it because one will only have an individual to deal with, but, do not consciously pull in the hasty generalization fallacy, because one will have a whole industry to deal with.Madam Ayorkor, you are one of my favorite ministers but the one thing you do not want is to have actors & musicians against you, recall DUMSOR.
We are more popular than you, to say the least, and WE ARE EXTREMELY 'SERIOUS PEOPLE'.Long Live DemocracyLong Live Ghana#vanvicker#theyounggodfather