By Davion Smith, BVI News Staff
In this current age of social media, memes have become a way for internet users to share content such as images in a typically humorous and light-hearted manner.
But, with general elections drawing closer, some local internet users have started to use memes to spread unpleasant and often hateful messages about persons who are participating in the political process.
This has caught the attention of at least one legislator, Myron Walwyn, who is now condemning the practice.
“Like many residents, lately I’ve been getting these memes with very malicious messages attacking the character and intent of individuals … I want to make it clear that I do not at all support these actions or this level of politics,” Walwyn said.
“I call on persons in our community to cease from disseminating such slanderous material that not only hurt individuals and families but sews seeds of distrust and useless scandal in our community.”
Denounce nasty memes, political parties told
Walwyn, who is Chairman of National Democratic Party, has also called on all other political parties to denounce the practice, which he described as a style of politics that is not beneficial to the BVI.
He argued that the upcoming election ought to be about issues that are affecting the lives of residents and “not about hearsay disparaging the characters of the men and women that are seeking to serve this territory”.
“While we all engage in the competition of democratic politics, we should also keep in mind that at the end of any campaign, we all still have to live together and work together if we are indeed truly interested in rebuilding our Virgin Islands,” Walwyn said.
According to an announcement from Governor Augustus Jaspert, the next General Election is to be held by April 16, 2019.
That date will mark exactly six months since the untimely death of Fifth District representative, Delores Christopher.
The governor described those six months as a reasonable timeframe for the general election to be held considering that there will not be a by-election for that district.
Governor Jaspert decided to forego the by-election on the advice of Premier Dr D Orlando Smith.