Veteran music producer, Zapp Mallet, has lambasted the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, over her comments directed at John Dumelo, NDC’s Awayaso West Wuguon MP candidate.
She had stated that parliament “is for serious-minded people and not people who have done some movies and think they are popular.”
“It is a serious place; I will tell him; the laws of the country are enacted in parliament. If our President can continue his job very well, he needs Lydia Alhassan in Parliament to do the job so that all you need as a constituency will be easily given to you.”
Shirley Ayorkor Botchway’s comments attracted a lot of backlash from the creative industry.
Reacting to the minister’s comments, Zapp Mallet said he was disappointed and asked Shirley Ayorkor Botchway to apologize.
“When I heard it I felt like some spit had been thrown on you. I really admire that woman because I have lived in Anyaa before so for that to have come from her I was very shocked because how could she have acted such a thing,” he said with shock. Actors are also citizens and they can also serve in whatever capacity they are, you can’t just open your mouth and say actors are not serious……in America one of the best American President to have served in recent times was an actor, Ronald Reagan and he served for eight years and he was so good “. The multiple award-winning sound engineer fumed.
“I am surprised people are supporting her on that statement… it’s unfortunate. It will be appropriate for her to apologize and she being honourable I think that will be the most honourable thing she could do. To spit an Actor is spitting the whole creative industry because we are all involved”, he added.