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SVG: MP threatens to give Minister a “Chris Rock special”

April 1st, 2022
St. Vincent & the Grenadines West Kingstown MP Daniel Cummings

Days after the infamous incident at the Academy Awards where actor Will Smith assaulted comedian Chris Rock, a Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has threatened to give a government minister “a Chris Rock special”.

Smith slapped the comedian during Sunday’s live broadcast of the show over a joke about his wife.

Yesterday, during Debate in Parliament, West Kingstown MP Daniel Cummings told Minister of the Public Service Frederick Stephenson he would have gotten a “Chris Rock special” if they were near each other.

“I have been on the forefront of discussing matters relating to COVID from this side,” Cummins was saying, when Stephenson commented “from overseas”.

Cummings responded: “Madam Speaker, I charge you to advise the honourable minister who makes these cynical comments about my medical attention to resist being asinine in his comments because that is what he’s doing. You do not make snide remarks about people’s medical needs.”

Stephenson commented: “I never mentioned your medical needs.”

Cummings continued: “If he were close to me, he would get a Chris Rock special…Because he is that foolish. He is that foolish”.

Some laughter and applause erupted and Speaker Rochelle Forde banged her gavel, with Stephenson maintaining that Cummings was overseas.

Cummings spent about a year in Trinidad for medical attention for a back injury he said he suffered in Parliament when he and other opposition lawmakers were thrown out of the House of Assembly chamber in March 2011.

The MP was prevented from leaving Trinidad after the country closed its borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the threat, Stephenson told him “try that outside”.

The Speaker urged members to “observe proper parliamentary language” and subsequently allowed Cummings to continue with the debate.

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