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.”
T&T has obese men - why does victim shaming only apply to women?
That question was raised on Tuesday by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh who says he is not into victim-shaming of anyone. He noted in many parts of the world women are blamed for things and even some rape victims in the US are shamed.
However, Deyalsingh and former Minister Fuad Khan - under fire for his recent comments on plus-sized women - have similar thoughts on the need to inform and educate people on taking care of their health.
Former Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan has apologized to masquerader Candice Santana for his offensive tone and comments.
Santana who played mas this year, shot into the spotlight after she was body-shamed in public and online.
Dr Khan, however, took issue with her weight and fat-shamed her online.
After much backlash and criticism, the former health minister is today saying sorry.
Khan says while he feels very strongly about the issue, it stems from his experience as a doctor.
San Juan/Barataria Member of Parliament, Dr Fuad Khan has responded to the PNm's Women's League saying that he has no problems with them telling him that he needs to lose weight.
Khan posted a response on his Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, saying that he has stopped "stuffing" his "face" and is working out.
The following were the contents of the post.
Former Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan says that more than half of the adult population is overweight.
He says the onus is on citizens to take care of their health and not leave it to the doctors.
Dr Khan issued a statement on the matter on Tuesday morning.
"Learning about the issue in Tobago concerning the insufficient space to facilitate the growing number of patients who need dialysis is not surprising given the increase in Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCD) in our country over the past two decades.