Statement from the One Bermuda Alliance on action taken in the House of Assembly, November 14, 2014
The One Bermuda Alliance today demonstrated its outrage and disgust at the vile comments made by Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Marc Bean, that were directed at a female member of the OBA at the Sandys South bye-election advanced poll on November 6th.
Government members left the Chamber as the opposition leader commenced reading the Reply to the Throne Speech to demonstrate that such behaviour cannot go unchallenged.
During the bye-election, the Opposition Leader accosted two female members of the party and subjected one in particular to a misogynistic, hate-filled attack, calling her a ‘political whore’ and saying he would have and pass her around to his friends for ’10 cents a lick’. It was a 20-minute tirade that ended only when the OBA member drove away.
The Opposition candidate running in the bye-election and other supporters were witness to the attack, but did nothing to stop it.
The Opposition Leader’s track record, both in the House and in public, shows a blatant disrespect for and sexual objectification of women. The OBA condemns this behaviour in the strongest possible terms.
The decision to exit the Chambers during the Reply to the Throne Speech is not one that was made lightly and we call on the Opposition to take action to address the situation. Their continued silence, otherwise, can only be seen as condoning behaviour that shows categorical disrespect for women.
Senator Lynne Woolridge, JP