EDGAR J: In DEFENCE Of Basketmouth(?)

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When I first heard of this matter, I thought it was one of those issues that women and their defenders usually jump at to make a fuss over, looking for relevance. The ways our women advocate passionately fight over their issues at times rankles me, making me question their motives.

Nowadays, women are so ‘protected’ that Men are now the victims. A small joke or God forbid an unsolicited touch can make you lose your liberty. Yes, women are that organized.

Daily we read stories of women going through different kinds of issues and you will see the way people will jump at their defence, giving them in some cases a better life than what they were living before such incidence. The incident of the Banker who accidentally killed someone comes to mind. The poor victim was left in the cold, it was his fault that he happened to just stand there and get killed by a female banker who was also a nursing mother. They followed her to the Police Station, went on air, social media pulled in so much support made enough noise and even celebrated her release.

So when I first heard about this Basketmouth joke on rape, I waved it aside jo. I felt that these people had come again and I was even looking for the man’s phone number to call him and give him my support. I mean this was just a joke by an almost washed out comedian, so what was these entire rumpus.

Then, I saw the joke, it was truly repugnant and idiotic. There was no defence for that kind of ridicule of womanhood. I read it over and over and began to imagine the kind of warped mind that would devise that kind of joke. Celebrities the world over have lost their endorsements and even their careers over much less. The case of the American Rapper who sang about date rape comes to mind.

This was no longer a joke. It was a deliberate abuse of a whole generation of womanhood. Rape is such an abhorrent thing that the mere thought of it can lead a woman into frenzy. I have met rape victims and the fear in their eyes I can never forget. They can’t stand men again, loose their self-esteem and generally need years of therapy to come out.

Basketmouth to me has been overhyped. He is no longer funny. I have watched him in various shows and he comes out really dry and boring that I begin to wonder what the hype was all about. The only good thing going for him is his dress sense and that is that.  I think this was on his part a last attempt at  holding on to fame. It has however blown up on his ugly face.

Every comedian and infact the rest of us should learn from this. Rape is not something that should be joked about. It is a terrible crime that should be treated as such. Basket whatever, should do much more than a lame apology on his facebook page, he should do time in a rape victim shelter with so much publicity, so that the misguided youths can see that what he has done was truly wrong and that rape isn’t a small thing.

In conclusion, with this my write up, all firms who would like to cancel his endorsement should look at my side. I will not crack lame jokes about rape, I do not have old and tired dreadlocks and after this write up, a lot of women will join my fan base, so firms like Glo, Procter and Gamble you can quickly apply.

Edgar J

Edgar J

An Investment banker with a chip on his shoulder. A deep thinker with a different view of the society. Blogger and theatre critic, Edgar passes social commentary on Events, issues and people usually from a humorous standpoint. Sometimes caustic and almost fearless, he mixes his vitriolic abuses with humour such that the message hits you with a buffer that makes you smile. He runs a regular column in MODEMEN Magazine while still keeping his day job as a Financial Adviser cum wealth manager. A keen sportsman, Edgar loves the exciting game of train spotting. As there are no more trains in Lagos, he has taken upon the keen sport of Molue counting. He believes that in the next five years, these legendary modes of transport unique to Lagos would disappear hence his interest in them. A Lagosian by birth and a Shomolu man by residence. Welcome to Chantal’s....


  1. the guy made 1 stupid, very idiotic mistake and now his being buried 4 it u are even stand on the grave of his career and advertising urself. classic.

  2. who ever wrote this is a dumb a** I can happily call u an a** cos u called some1 DAT was rated 2nd best comedian in African washed up wen folks don’t even know u in ur street…… its a joke dats all it is so y all stop been serious joor

  3. Edgar lik seriously u don kolo. U don’t av any right to say such. Basketmouth made a mistake and he is sober abt it. Sumtyms we individuals we say tins we didn’t mean. And we say sorry wen we are told we were wrong. And dats wat he did. Am sure he wunt repeat such. And wat of d late comedian and present once dat say joke abt pastor and God and church. Don’t u knw it is even worst dan dis rape case & nobody has com to defend God & criticise dos jokers. We all shuld just b careful. Becus he made one mistake we all want his head on d tray as if we avnt said tins we shuldnt av said nw and in d past. It is well o.

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