Many of you responded to my little post announcing that Island People’s galleries were up for viewing on their website, using the feedback feature to not only point out what you, as masqueraders, saw as a bias towards certain masqueraders being featured but also to express how you felt about it. Now, I am all for feedback, I think that bands should be grateful that they are getting into the brains of their masqueraders without having to pay for a market research survey; though the comments are not always positive (as in the case against the idea of TRIBE managing two bands for Carnival 2009) at the very least it gives an indication of masqueraders’ opinions which I would think smart band leaders should listen and pay attention to.
As far as feedback go, the comments that have nothing constructive to add but seek to defame, slander and libel others have to be deleted, hence I introduced the feature to register before being able to make comments. Prior to this anonymous comments were allowed and that “freedom” was abused.
Consequently I was asked to remove what was seen as a racist comment from the post entitled “Island People Pics!”, this is the offending comment:
Chris, I thought I was the only person that noticed.
I’m sorry but the 2 women that Wyatt was taking pictures of on carnival Monday were the only two that made up IP? I like looking at beautiful women too because they inspire me to look good but you know what, beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes and COLORS. Clearly he has a preference in what he thinks is beautiful but my gosh…..give us some variety.
To be fair to the request that was made I read over every single comment and personally saw nothing offensive or alluding to racism in any of the comments. However, I may be biased to the whole idea of “freedom of speech” seeing I was also banned from an online forum for what I saw as nothing more that speaking my mind. So I am asking YOU to tell me if you think that comment should be removed because it is alluding to the fact that the photographer in question is racist, or if any of the comments are libelous and defaming the character of the photographer in question. Your feedback, as always, is appreciated!