Parliamentary Representative for East Kingstown, Dwight Fitzgerald Bramble has been cautioned against sending the wrong signal to young males in St Vincent and the Grenadines, and in the wider Caribbean.
This came from prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves even as Bramble has since publicly apologized for using profanity in a viral video, which showed him having a nipple pierced.
Gonsalves said he had decided not to comment on the matter, but spoke briefly on it on NBC Radio on Wednesday, September 7.
The prime minister said Bramble publicly justified his nipple piercing as a symbol of strength, masculinity and his Africa-ness.
But warned bramble, “Don’t come in our Caribbean civilization to tell young males I do this thing to exhibit my strength, my masculinity and my Africa-ness.
“Don’t come and say that to encourage young males to do this sort of thing.”
Bramble won the East Kingstown seat on the New Democratic Party ticket in the 2020 General Elections.
The prime minister remarked that since the release of the video, NDP supporters have hammered Bramble on social media.
“What does nipple piercing have to do with strength and masculinity?” Gonsalves queried.
“You don’t have nipple piercing among African men.
“Certainly you don’t have nipple piercing among 62 year old African men,” Gonsalves stressed.
He also wondered which African tribe Bramble belong to, where the men pierce their nipples.
Gonsalves is of the view that if Bramble wants to justify piercing his nipple, he could have simply said it was a style.
The mid-week edition of SEARCHLIGHT reported that in a Facebook post Bramble, speaking about his nipple piercing said, “this is something that our African forefathers have done with pride throughout their history for various reasons, including strength and virility.”