Our Thoughts On The Toni Thorne Show
When I first heard about the Toni Thorne show I must admit I pre-judged it. I expected a cheesy Barbadian show that relied more on a witty host than any depth to the show. Unfortunately, I went into it with tinted glasses expecting to only watch the first episode or two it. This did not have anything to do with Toni or the person she is; it had more to do with the things that I have seen with Barbadian productions. However, I was glad to be proven wrong.
The Toni Thorn Show is essentially a show broken down into 4 parts (for most episodes). Point Blank, Pompasette, Tell It to Toni and what I personally look forward to the most, the Lipton Sponsored Tea Time Segment. In the Point Blank segment, Toni features someone that she has really frank and up front interviews with (hence the name Point Blank). In the first episode, she featured drag queen Avalon Black Suarez. While this was not a personal favourite of mine due to my own beliefs, what it showed viewers from her very first episode that her show was going to be different and touch on various aspects and lifestyles in Barbados largely scorned, ignored and frowned upon. Other Point Blank features included a segment on the very popular, prevalent, but hardly addressed issue of bleaching in Barbados. I particularly loved how she addressed it from both a subjective viewpoint (someone who bleaches regularly), and an objective viewpoint (a medical professional). There was also an excellent interview with Shontelle, and insightful segment with Ralph “Busy” Williams that any entrepreneur or budding entrepreneur should watch and a very interesting segment on the Adult Entertainment Industry. While I did not like a few segments due to my own personal beliefs, I do look forward to Point Blank. As the name of the segment implies, Toni has very upfront discussions to pull information out of her guests that she believes the audience wants and needs to hear.
Point Blank Verdict: A
The second segment is Pompasette. This segment is mainly a focus on entrepreneurs but of a different kind. What I love about this segment is that it exposed me to some aspects of Barbadian society that I never knew existed. For example various methods of achieving fitness in Barbados such as pole dancing for exercise (at VIP Studios) , Aerial Silks Fitness, Wuk Up Work Out and Meri Runbout. I really admire how Tony is not a stagnant interviewer for this segment but actually actively participates in the sessions. Again it shows her versatility as a presenter as she able to be actively involved and show the audience that they too can do it. Other aspects of this segment include various Fashion and Music shows where Toni gets up close and personal with a few fashion designers and artistes. What this also shows is how Toni stays true to her roots and presents segments that are of interest to her. By doing such segments, she shows true engagement with her guests.
Pompasette Verdict: A
While the first two segments present information in a serious way, The Tell It To Toni segment is a brief but hilarious insight into the mind of the layman. There is usually a question or topic posed to persons and they voice their opinions. Topics include #PetPeeves, #MakeUp101, #NotthatIntoYou and #Kissing101 and showcases the lighter side of the show.
Tell it to Tony Verdict: A–
Probably the best part of the show is the Lipton Sponsored Tea Time Segment where Toni poses one or two questions to a panel and a discussion is generated. Here, various issues are addressed and viewers can hear multiple viewpoints. Again this segment allows the show to tap into issues that we as Barbadians and intellectuals need to be talking and thinking about. Issues such as the new law about no Rastas on the police force, our cultural identity or lack thereof, condoms in prison, UWI fees, the N word and other current events issues are those which are raised in this segment. And of course, Toni’s side commentary adds an extra hilarity to the segment and also breaks any tension generated by the discussion.
Lipton Tea Segment Verdict: A+
Overall Verdict: A
To conclude, I absolutely love the Toni Thorne show. I love the humour, I love the issues that are touched on and most importantly I love how Toni presents the show. From her style, you can see that she genuinely wants to bring awareness to the public and get our minds going about the important things. What I also love about her style is that she always adds a disclaimer that while she may not agree with everything the persons is saying, it isn’t about her opinion but it’s about changing national consciousness and highlighting the realities of Barbadian society. Some of the other aspects of the show that I enjoy are:
· The focus on entrepreneurs – as an entrepreneur myself, this is one of the most impressive things about the show.
· The show highlights that there are different styles and ways for educating the audience – the use of humour and seriousness all mixed with professionalism.
· The focus on various social, financial and religious issues in Barbadian society
· The touch on controversial issues such as condoms in prison and the adult entertainment industry.
· The exposure it brings to aspects of Barbados’ society you probably previously didn’t know about.
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I am very glad I invested my time in watching the show and I hope it runs for a long time. I believe our society needs more shows like these can get our minds focussed on various societal issues that really matter. If you have never watched the show or you wish to catch up on episodes you missed, visit www.youtube.com where all the episodes can be found.