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Daniel Cummings and Frederick Stephenson

A composite photograph of MPs Frederick Stephenson, left, and Daniel Cummings during the exchange in Parliament on Thursday, March 31, 2022.

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Days after a slapping incident at the Academy Awards generated mixed reaction globally, an MP in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has threatened to give another “a Chris Rock special”.

On Sunday, Will Smith’s slapped comedian and Academy Awards host Chris Rock over a joke about Smith’s wife.

And, on Thursday, West Kingstown MP Daniel Cummings told Minister of the Public Service, Frederick Stephenson that he would have gotten a “Chris Rock special” were they near each other.

Cummings was debating a resolution, COVID-19 (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2021, (No.32 Of 2021)” when the exchange occurred.

He was saying: “On this side of the house, one of the portfolios I shadow is health. And, therefore, I have been on the forefront of discussing matters relating to COVID from this side.”

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“From overseas,” Stephenson said in a muted comment from across the floor.

Cummings responded:

“Madam Speaker, I charge you to advise the honorable 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.

Some laughter and applause erupted and the Speaker, Rochelle Forde banged her gavel.

“Because he is that foolish. He is that foolish,” Cummings added.

But Stephenson maintained that Cummings was overseas.

Cummings spent about a year in Trinidad where he had gone for medical attention for a back injury he said he suffered in parliament when he and other opposition lawmakers were thrown out of the 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.

However, if Cummings was referring to a slap, it appeared that Stephenson, a lay preacher, would not have turned the other cheek.

“Try that outside,” the minister said. “Try that outside.”
The speaker banged her gavel and urged members to “observe proper parliamentary language.”

“Thank you Madam Speaker,” Cummings said as the speaker united him to continue with the debate.

“Try that outside,” Stephenson said again.

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8 replies on “MP threaten to give minister ‘a Chris Rock special’ (+Video)”

  1. Yes try that outside and see what will happen to you. Hehehe. Chris rock get just what he deserved.

  2. Yusiff Banditt says:

    Isn’t that threatening words? If someone had said that to him they would of been locked up and sent to the nuthouse. Only the ULP can said those things and get away with it.

  3. Take warning says:

    Nobody should make comment on another illness /injury/deformity. I know of his man who use to tell another of his deformed hand and foot, he eventually got ca in his mouth and not even his relatives could stay around because of the stench. Another was interfering a woman and calling her ill names because of her being slim, today this man is blind. It is written, Vengeance is Mine says he Lord, and only with thine eyes shall we behold and see the reward of the wicked.

  4. Cummings, you could have walked over and punch him in his mouth. It’s time we see a good fight in Parliament. Let the blows fall wherever they may, don’ fraid. Respect should always be first. Alyo should fight outside when you meet each other next time. I hope I don’t get sued by the Washroom Boss or Francis or persecuted by the Police.

  5. Honourable Mr. Cummings, please don’t let no one pull you so low as to make you to hate them or to get angry . When these attacks come, watch them full in their face and say, I BLESS YOU AND I FORGIVE YOU IN JESUS NAME. AMEN

  6. Louis Ferdinand says:

    Here we go again one more time. Time and time again I have to ask myself why are we acting so uncivilized in this day and age as Vincentian citizens (not everyone though). Over the years I’ve seen some some animals acting like people and some people now acting like animals, I don’t know if it is that we want to trade places with animals now. As a Vincentian living abroad, it hurts having to look and listen to the news daily only to deal with embarrassments one after the other, ever so often I am being asked questions by folks who don’t even know where SVG is. Our people need to realize that we are known all over the world now and the world is watching us and we need to act like a Nation of people with common sense and not only academic intelligence. Finally I am asking every person holding office in the Land, whether Government, Opposition or whatever, please conduct yourselve in a decent and respectful manner. I do not think we need Gangsters. Hoodlums, Bullies and Pigs to ever represent or lead our Blessed Land. Please grow up, show some maturity whomever it may concern.

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