Dimanche Gras 2011 Parodies Jack Warner and Wins
For soccer fans out there please bear with us with a little history of Dimanche Gras so that we can set the scene properly for one of the most public displays of parody of the should-be-disgraced-Jack-Warner in recent years.
Dimanche Gras is a huge competition that marks the start of the two day carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. There are various competitions to discover the King and Queen of the Carnival as well as all the best Calypsonians (it’s a word) competing against each other to compete to be the “Calypso Monarch”.
The Dimanche Gras 2011 winner was incredibly a 26 year old woman called Karene Asche who although incredibly talented is very young (and female) to win this title. The song that led her to glory was “Uncle Jack” and can be seen below:
Notable things to watch out for…
The man Karene delivers the football to is wearing a fabulously familiar tie and is playing with planes and cars in a clear reference to Jack Warner’s position as minister of Public Works and the row over purchasing of aircraft on his duty.
Multiple mentions of UK investigative journalist Andrew Jennings (the curly haired white man who appears with a microphone)
About five minutes in Warner holds up a sign HNIC – a clear reference to his speech in September 2010 proclaiming himself as the Head N***** in Charge. (Ralph Ellison defined HNIC as the “lone black person whom whites have invested with voice and authority; the king of darkies.”) Warner clearly feels he is more powerful than all the other races on the islands and is the one man who delivers the Caribbean votes to whomever pays the most at FIFA.
The refrain at the end to “Pay The Warriors, Uncle Jack” after Warner refused to pay the T&T team that went to the World Cup in 2006.
That’s enough, there is plenty to enjoy and if you love the beautiful game and all that is good watch and applaud Karene Asche and her beautiful song “Uncle Jack”: