Dressing in a costume and dancing the day away is what we call PLAYING MAS, and it occurs everywhere from Toronto to Trinidad to New York to many other cities throughout North America and the Caribbean. This weekend alone, over 60,000 men and women donned costumes to parade down the road in Toronto, a tradition that’s been performed by my sister, aunts, cousins, and damn near every girlfriend I’ve ever had. If you don’t think it’s appropriate, you’re entitled to believe that, but don’t you dare judge our celebrations by your standards.
Americans have a funny way of over-sexualizing everything with their puritanical European influence and then getting upset because the rest of the world doesn’t live up to their moral code. They over-sexualize all aspects of the body, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of us do. Well, we don’t care about honoring our traditions in a way that makes them comfortable, especially when they show no interest in learning about our history at all.
Hell, if they did, then they would have taken the effort to at least Google our traditions and the significance of Rihanna playing mas and dancing in the streets. So I ask Americans to please do us all a favor and spare us your contempt, outrage, shock, and whatever other bullshit feelings they have because how West Indians celebrate doesn’t have a DAMN thing to do with them – until they open up their minds to learning our culture.
P.S. West Indians don’t TWERK at carnival – we WHINE and WUKK UP.
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