Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Wanted: Cheerleaders

Browsing newspapers Saturday morning, the ad barely ketch the corner of me right eye.

"Are you between the ages of 14 and 17? Would you like to be a CHEERLEADER for HIV/AIDS Messages?" Next to this is a sketch of a gyal with thick ponytail. She heavy limsie, that is, bangs...cover one part o' she face, the other half smiling young 'n' sassy.

I am rocking in the handmade rocking chair in the verandah; is the kinda day when people should lie under wide, gnarly ole trees by the sea, wallow in salt air and...

...and waitaminnit...cheerleaders…?
'Cheerleaders' is such a strange word to associate with HIV/AIDS - nimble, nubile lasses with skirts so short they barely cover free matinee, way heyyy they jump, and ole men dash aside they walking sticks and long out they tongue, and young men can barely make they body behave. But who is me to talk, I ain't know nothing, only what I see in them foreign movies, and I could be wrong.

And I could be wrong and they gon have boy and gyal cheerleaders, thin, plump, long hair, short hair, dreadlocks, gyals in hijab, gyals uncovered, teens with legs, one leg, no legs, boys in rags and boys in drag, after all Aids don't discriminate. Only people do.

13 comments:

Louis-Fran├žois Pilard said...

A handmade rocking chair? Do you mean: homemade? I'd like to see (maybe a picture of) that and above all, to try it: is it more comfortable than a hammock? What's the wood: teak?

ML said...

You right! Aids don't discriminate.

I used to have limsie when I was a leel gyal.

Beenzzz said...

Yeh, AIDS has no preference, does it? Sad, but true.

cadiz12 said...

you know it's sad day when they're trying to recruit beautiful people to speak out against a disease. you're right; AIDS doesn't just pick on the fugly.

dawn said...

Hi G.G.
How are things? Hope the writing is going well. Just dropping in to catch up with you. You're so right about aids. Also, I am imagining sitting on that chair on the verandah. Life is so busy here, but I do have the mountains and trees to soothe the soul. Still, I want a rocking chair. Take care gurl. Dawn

Olivia said...

Have you ever seen a Berbice chair? My grandddad used to have one he would sit in. My uncle in London missed them so much he had a local carpenter attempt to make one for him. I say "attempt" and mean it...

By the way, my mum will be in Georgetown for the next few days! She's staying with her cousin and his wife, both of whom are gov ministers.

Anonymous said...

i missed dat ad. the fight needs all the help it can get.

bakannal.

larry h. said...

So much for any future fantasies involving cheerleaders. Reminds me of the time I was cruising South Beach, Miami, on a Friday night taking in the "scene" and an advertisement came on the car radio stating that half of the HIV cases in America is diagnosed in South Beach. I guess somebody was trying to tell me something. And I listened.

Cream said...

I once saw some cheerleaders in hijab! No free popcorn!

apprentice said...

I think it's a good thing to recruit beautiful people to fight Aids, as lots of people would stay beautiful and well if only we could get the drugs to them, and break down the shame of having to admit to this disease.

I say do whatever it takes to educate people.

Guyana-Gyal said...

The problem, Apprentice, is the mixed signals sent to teen girls and boys about behaviour. And, is it only 'beautiful' people who can be HIV free? I've always wondered, what IS beautiful? Is plump beautiful? Or somebody with one arm or leg? I met a stunning woman in one of the islands, she had one and a half arm. I think they can do an absolutely vibrant campaign using all kinds of teens.

Cream, you kidding me! Honest? Where? I'd love to see that ad.

Larry, listen good my bro, listen good. There's an ad in Jamaica that says you can't tell by looking [who's infected or not].

Bakannal, [read my 1st comment]. I'd love to give 'em ideas for free...5 years experience in planning ad campaigns overseas going to waste in me now. But when I give folks here ideas it's "Yyyyyes...but..." :-D

Have I seen a Berbice chair, Olivia? :-D Almost everyone has one. We too, but I hate ours, it's not curved right. Your mum what? I'd love to at least chat with her! I'll email you.

Hello Dawn :-) I'd love some of those mountains, are they hikeable? I miss hiking. Oh man, I have tons of articles I'd like to write for your site, but like you, it's to find the time...

Cadiz, maybe they'll execute the idea right, I don't know. It's just that, to me, right now, cheerleading and HIV seem like...what's the word...an oxymoron?

Beenzzz, you'd be even sadder if you knew how high infection is in Guyana.

ML, how's your blogging break going? :-)

Bonjour Louis. Yes, home made, hand made by my father's brother...he's very talented and doesn't know it. I have no idea what wood he used, something local. I won't say it's more comfortable than a hammock...the two are so different. Sometimes I don't like that 'curved back' feeling that a hammock gives me, but sometimes, ahhh, nothing like a hammock.

Hayden said...

cheerleaders in hijab!??? such a funny notion, and cream says its true?

ahhh, wish I could see that!

ML said...

GG - It's going great. I did a post today, though. Also, I'm going on vacation next week, so blogging will have to wait until I get back :-)