Frank Da Silva, left, and Anesia Baptiste. (Photos: Duggie “Nose” Joseph/Facebook & IWN)

Political activist Frank Da Silva on Thursday called politician Anesia Baptiste “a stupid b*tch” on live radio.

Baptiste is a national scholar, who is also political leader of the Democratic Republican Party.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in French and a minor in linguistics (with honours), a double master’s degree in hotel and tourism management, a law degree, and a diploma journalism.

She has studied at the University of the West Indies and L’Institut Vatel in Nimes, France and University of Perpignan in France and the London School of Journalism

The former senator for the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) was asked by Minister of Information, Camillo Gonsalves to sit on the select committee of Parliament that is reviewing the Cybercrime Bill.

Baptiste, a staunch human rights advocate, has come out in strong objection to some elements of the bill and has also spoken out against the action of the select committee, which she has portrayed as a clique compose of members of the Unity Labour Party (ULP) and Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves’ relatives.

On Thursday, in a call to the pro-ULP “Shake Up” programme broadcast on WE FM, Star FM and Garifuna Radio, Da Silva, criticised Baptiste’s punctuation, saying, “You see, they ain’t as bright as they pretending to be…”

He noted that Baptiste argued that speech that is the truth should not be criminalised.

“What about speech that is a lie? And speech that is a lie that is likely to cause public disorder. So even though, Miss Baptiste, you have some fat kids in the schoolyard, Ms Baptiste thinks it’s OK to go and bully that fat kid until the fat kid takes up a stone and knock you in your damn head and kill you,” Da Silva said.

Anesia Baptiste. (IWN photo)
Anesia Baptiste. (IWN photo)

“Right Miss Baptiste? Right Miss Baptiste? Yo’ see how you dotish with all the claim yo could talk French and everything? Yo’ just dotish. Because bullying is a bad thing but she say if is true so what? So bully me. It’s not like yo’ saying it one time. Yo’ constant, yo’ constant and I can’t it anymore and I take up a cutlass, I take up what is near to me and I gi’ yo’ one damn blow and you are dead. Who cause that, Miss Baptiste? Who cause that? Yo stu–. I’m home yo know. I can say you are a stupid bitch,” said Da Silva who normally co-hosts the Thursday edition of the programme, but was not in the studio that day.

“No you cannot,” a female voice sounding as if it was slightly off-mic, said immediately after Da Silva’s comment.

“You’re stupid,” Da Silva repeated.

Elson Crick, communications consultant in the Office of the Prime Minister, hosted Thursday programme. He was joined by a male youth activist for the ULP.

“You are on air, Frank-o,” Crick commented.

“I don’t care. I’m home,” Da Silva replied.

Crick seemed to chuckle, apparently searching for words, as Da Silva again said, “She’s stupid! With her nonsense!”

Da Silva continued reading from a document, then stopped and said, “Look, don’t tell me nothing. They’re quoting her here. And since when ‘b*tch’ is a wrong word?”

Crick said, “Well, but you don’t want to call her that. The connotation is different.”

After ranting for a few minutes more, Da Silva said, “Miss Anesia Baptiste is the epitome of arrogance and, guess what? Stupidity. Isn’t that something; a combination? It might be a very dangerous combination.”

In another call to the programme more than an hour later, Da Silva asked the host if they had cringed at his description of Baptiste.

They said yes and he asked, “Why? I did it for a purpose. I did. Why did you guys cringe?”

“In local parlance, it is not a nice name,” Crick said.

“But guess what, fellas? I just used what she said was OK. You all didn’t get it. Did you? She said it was Ok to call her that. That is my God-given right to do that. So I throw it out there and see if anybody would–”

Crick responded: “Even if she says it’s OK, that don’t mean we should think it is OK.”

Da Silva said: “I am showing people. Listen. Sometimes, you have to demonstrate absurdity by being absurd yourself.”

“Ah ha,” Crick said.

“That is why I also wanted to know if it is Ok to use the F-word because, after all, according to her, it’s free speech. It is free speech.”

Crick said that what Baptiste said was stupidness because one cannot argue free speech while breaking the law.

In a post on Facebook on Thursday, Baptiste said that people have expressed “outrage and concern” about Da Silva’s actions.

“I want you to know that despite that comment I do not wish for the person to be jailed for their speech. I don’t even want money. I am a free speech proponent and those words neither ‘pick my pocket nor break my leg’, to quote Thomas Jefferson,” she said.

“I am not thin-skinned. I am a mature individual. The problem is that the cybercrimes bill about to pass in parliament will encourage many people to engage the police and possibly the courts for statements like that and less, which are repeatedly communicated to them online; statements which people normally would have overlooked and not become intolerant about. I continually call on the authorities to kill the anti-free speech sections of the bill,” Baptiste said.

Da Silva is no stranger to controversy.

The former activist for the NDP has since broken ranks with the party and has thrown his support behind the ULP, although some supporters of the ULP are not sure that this is a good thing.

They have raise issues of trust, noting that NDP activist and Nice Radio manager, Douglas Defreitas, a staunch critic of Prime Minister Gonsalves, rebuked Da Silva for secretly recording a private conversation with the Prime Minister and playing the tape on Nice Radio.

Frank Da Silva, right, seen here with Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, at the ULP’s convention on Feb. 2, 2014, once secretly recorded a conversation with Gonsalves and played it on radio. (Photo: Zavique Morris/IWN)
Frank Da Silva, right, seen here with Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, at the ULP’s convention on Feb. 2, 2014, once secretly recorded a conversation with Gonsalves and played it on radio. (Photo: Zavique Morris/IWN)

In the conversation, Gonsalves had explicitly told Da Silva that he hoped that he was not recording him, and the activist said no.

Da Silva was also involved in the secret recording of a conversation of recently retired Commissioner of Police, Michael Charles and a relative of a policewoman who had accused Gonsalves of sexual assault.

The recording was also played on Nice Radio.

16 replies on “Activist Frank Da Silva calls politician Anesia Baptiste ‘a stupid b*tch’ on radio”

  1. Frank has to be careful. He tapes everything and it could get him in trouble based on this new cybercrime bill. Ralph could make billion off his ranting when he was an NDP. How could Ralph accept him after those attacks? It was probably the only way he could control him or just maybe birds of a feather flock together.

  2. I don’t know Frank DeSilva but I classify him as stupid and arrogant. I hope he does not have a wife, mother, aunt and daughter(s) and female cousins cause that’s what he think they are, stupid butches, yes, stupid bitches. frank should not be part of the media cause he is a stupid JackAss.

  3. I don’t know Frank DeSilva but I classify him as stupid and arrogant. I hope he does not have a wife, mother, aunt and daughter(s) and female cousins cause that’s what he think they are, stupid bitches, yes, stupid bitches. frank should not be part of the media cause he is a stupid JackAss.

  4. Brown Boy USA says:

    This is so laughable! Every one who opposes anything this government put forward is stupid, and now a stupid b*tch…May heaven help us in SVG. Frank I have 2 words for you put I will reserve myself and take the higher approach and not stoop to you ignorant level. I guess only people of ULP can be bright. In that case you’re are dunce as you’re ignorant. But these are the kind of people we Vincentians tolerate and want to lead us.

  5. Frank has proven that he really has sold his soul to the satanic ULP and the owners of the family dynasty.

    The evidence of that is that like the rest he is definitely not a gentleman. To speak of any lady like that proves he has joined the scum brigade, or perhaps he was always part of it.

  6. Since the granting of universal adult suffrage in 1951, there have been dozens of defections, desertions, floor crossings, and party mergers and fragmentations in little SVG, few of which had much to do with political philosophy or patriotism. Rather, the primary causes were interpersonal conflict over a share of power or privilege, political ambition, bribery, and greed.

    Frank Da Silva’s political “activism” should be viewed within this context.

    This is why I say (to deaf ears, apparently) that, “all a dem a de same.”

  7. Frank DaSilva is a sad excuse for a human being. His record shows that. Anesia’s fault is that she wants a better SVG and DaSilva wants to preserve the status quo where 90% of the people do not have any opportunity, except for lumber at election time. Da Silva should stick to licking Ralph’s boots, something he is good at.

  8. Mostly it is the ULP going around recording people so they can bring the news to Ralph, who apparently loves it, otherwise it would be discouraged.

  9. If someone said that to Ralph Gonsalves he would already be counting his millions that the courts would be awarding him. This incident shows who has the stronger character, is it Ralph or Anesia…guess who?

  10. Patrick Ferrari says:

    Calling someone a “bitch” and saying it is a “my God-given right” is not only wholly irreverent but borders on blasphemy. I judge that it is.

    God does not grant bitch-rights. Nor the F-word-rights that Da Silva wanted to use – under the auspices of a God-given right, no doubt. It shows how much Da Silva knows about God.

    That is a Ralph-given right. A Ralph-bequeathed right. A Red Shirt right. Before he flipped, Da Silva would not have had those rights. Maybe if he said it to anyone who opposes Ralph, yes. But against Ralph or his clique, Ralph will punish you – C. ben-David and me have been warned.

    I will be surprised if Ralph does not defend his convert in one of two ways.

    A. By coming out, shoving morals aside, and outright defending the obstreperous Da Silva. And at the same time, berating Baptiste for causing Frankie to lower himself to the point of call her a “bitch.” Frankie did not set himself up. It is Baptiste who set him up.

    B. By staying in, shoving morals aside, and not coming out to denounce the irreverent convert and his blasphemous remark.

    1. Well said, as usual. But whose morals are you referring to, the usual morals that most fair-minded people live by, or Ralph’s-given morals?

      1. Patrick Ferrari says:

        Lostpet,

        The morals that Ralph would have to shove aside to: a); to defend Da Silva use of “bitch.” Or b); to not denounce Da Silva’s use of “bitch.”

        Do you remember when Glen Beache, as CEO of the Tourism Authority, had a private marketing company? He was in a position to derive personal benefit from actions or decisions made in his official capacity. That is his personal interest conflicted with his public interest. But Ralph defended him, shoving, his, Ralph’s, morals aside, saying that the conflict only amounts to “the presumption of a conflict of interest but when you get to know the facts, the presumption is rebutted.” Pure slime. How many morals did he kick down to get there?

        Of course Ralph did not give “the facts,” which could only have been that Beache did not have a public interest. Hence no conflict.

        “The presumption …” quotation is from Caribbean News Now, http://www.caribbeannewsnow.com/svg.php?news_id=7537&start=0&category_id=15

  11. Brown Boy USA says:

    Under the current proposed cyber bill, Frank’s comments should put him jail because he committed character assassination on Mrs. Baptiste.

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