Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan has apologised to masquerader Candice Santana for his offensive tone and comments, but she is not accepting it.
Santana, who played mas in The Lost Tribe this year, shot into the spotlight after she was body-shamed in public and online after she posted pictures of herself in costume.
But Khan took issue with her weight and fat-shamed her online. He took issue with Santana’s weight and accused her of promoting obesity, even referring to her as a “tub.”
After much backlash, criticism and calls for his resignation as an MP, however, Khan, although still admitting he felt strongly about the issue, yesterday said he was sorry.
“I apologise to Miss Candice Santana for my insensitive remark of referring her to a “TUB.” I was harsh and very insensitive and I apologise to all those I have offended with that name calling. Please forgive me Candice, if I hurt you. However, should you wish to hear my experience with the weight loss, please call me. I can also assist with any medical problem.”
He added, “Together we have placed Trinidad and Tobago on a discussion path of a healthy lifestyle. It may have been indirect but it happened. I should have used a different approach. Kindly forgive me for the TUB name calling. To all those overweight people who felt offended. SORRY.”
But Santana is not apparently accepting Khan’s overture.
In an online post, she wrote: “The only authentic apology is changed behaviour and a commitment to such would mean much more. In my earlier statement, I said that I had forgiven Dr Fuad Khan, though great damage is already done and continue to myself and overweight persons.
“As an office holder, Dr Khan and all officials are held to a higher standard of operation so even when passionate about an issue, the use of disrespect, embarrassment and personal attack to a citizen should never happen. As a society, body-shaming and malicious name-calling regardless of size, shape or shade should never be encouraged. Office holders are expected to set a better example for us, especially the youth and children of the nation.”
She added, “I humbly and respectfully decline the offer to meet Dr Khan or his assistance at this time because of the extent of damage done to me as a person.
“As we all go about our daily lives, let’s make an extra effort to treat each other as we would want to be treated, with kindness and respect. Let us show love for people and for country. Let us move forward positively. Act justly, walk humbly and love unconditionally!!!”