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.