Rep gets and gives flack over entertainers
While he praised the success of last Friday’s government sponsored Labor Day celebration, Rep. Atualevao Gafatasi Afalava said he has received several public complaints about phrases and words used in the comedy act and songs by the Three Blind Men.
The group was part of the entertainment for the celebration held at the Veterans Memorial Stadium and during last Saturday’s House session, Atualevao says the words and phrases uded in the act was disturbing and not appropriate.
While the audience at the stadium may not have heard the words clearly, Atualevao says it was crystal clear to those at home watching the celebration on television. He says that even up to Saturday morning he was getting complaints from his constituents.
He says the jokes by the group were disrespectful and not appropriate. (He used the Samoan words, “le mafaufau”).
He requested that the House leadership relay to the administration his concerns as they are important and asked them not to invited this group to any future government functions if the group continues to use jokes and phrases that are disrespectful of any Samoan community. The lawmaker didn’t provide any specific examples of what he considered disrespectful or “le mafaufau.”
Rep. Florence V. Saulo says she too praised the successful celebration, which was a great event, but she is also concerned with the jokes used by the group.
In response, House Speaker Savali Talavou Ale says this is an important issue and will be relayed to the administration.
This group from Samoa entertained during Lolo’s gubernatorial campaign last year as well as early this year, during another government function.
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