I write regarding the “Open Line” call-in show of Jan. 29, with Randy Simms on VOCM.
What an embarrassment listening to Randy Simms tongue-lash Simeon Tshakapesh and the followup caller.
There has been a lot of talk about bullying these days, but always in the context of schools.
Well, where do you think the children learn it from? Randy Simms is a loose cannon who has done some major damage this time and should be removed from the air until he makes restitution for his actions.
He has demonstrated how bullying works and has demonstrated a blatant disregard for an Innu band chief.
Nobody wants to call that racism but the way it came off sounded like absolute disdain and contempt. There is no call for that.
He should not explain and justify his actions — he should just suck it up like the man he pretends to be and apologize profusely for bullying Simeon Tshakapesh and indirectly the Natuashish Innu people.
He did not even give the man a chance to speak.
You don’t have to agree with someone to be amiable towards them, regardless of a person’s point of view. We believe in a person’s right to speak even if you don’t agree.
Having the power to turn Simeon Tshakapesh off in public the way he did is an abuse of power that should not be taken lightly. Any politician who would speak like that to another politician would be asked to tender his resignation and so it should not be out of line to request the same of Randy Simms for the way he treated this political leader of Natuashish.
Shame on Randy Simms. This was a blatant display of bullying if I ever heard it.