Well folks, it’s been a brutal two months in the ghettos of South Africa. The Fixer had me on assignment to broker a deal with some Dutch land owners in Johannesburg to build a few villas in preparation for the World Cup next year. Unfortunately, they weren’t the land owner anymore, and I ended up having to barter with some Zulus on PCP. I gotta say, South Africa is a pretty fucked up place. There’s two things I hate in this world: racial intolerance, and the Dutch- and this country is stocked full of both. But by god, they’ve got sweet toques.
(don’t ask why they even have toques in South Africa)
So what does this have to do with anything? I’ll tell you: District 9.
According to CNN, the whole country of Nigeria is pissed off because of this movie. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, it’s the basic plot is that aliens have crash landed in Johannesburg and, despite their technological superiority, have been forced to live in a walled off ghetto. At one point in the movie, the South African government decides to give ET the boot, so the Nigerian “gangsters” graciously invites them to squat. The aliens even get prostitutes, food, PCP, air conditioning, food, reiki treatments- all good stuff.
So why are Nigerian officials pissed? Apparently they can’t handle being depicted as “criminals, cannibals and prostitutes who sleep with extra-terrestrial animals”. So because of one fictional Nigerian dude, the country has banned District 9 from all movie theaters.
From Nigeria’s Information Minister:
“We’ve had enough with the stereotypes they have branded us with … we are not going to sit back and allow people to stigmatize us.”
So this is the last straw. The movie is banned until Sony apologizes and edits out all Nigeria references to the movie. Fat chance. The movie’s already been playing there for 2 WEEKS.
So Nigeria is gonna ban a sweet sci-fi flick from being viewed in their country? I say we fight back. Let’s cut off their internet. I don’t think anyone outside of Nigeria would have a problem with that. How many times have you received an email from the widow of some wealthy deceased dude in Nigeria? You’ve probably gotten more of those emails then there are rich people in Nigeria.
Nigeria may be trying to rebrand themselves, but in all seriousness, there’s only so much polishing you can do to a turd. When the international community considers your last election a complete sham, and massive human rights violations, it’s gonna take more than banning a film to make you look good. Considering the Nigerian actors in the film didn’t have a problem with it. this is just another case of a pissed off dictator who lost face.
Hmmm. I wonder if Sony is going to apologize to Nigeria? Let me check my magic 8-ball. Just what I thought: NOT FUCKING LIKELY.