Nigeria = Fail

22 Sep

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.

southafrica

(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.

prostitute

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.

nigerianscam

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.

nigeriapresident

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.

9 Responses to “Nigeria = Fail”

  1. skyler hype September 22, 2009 at 1:28 PM #

    don’t worry the dutch hate you too, dick.

  2. Pepe Silvia September 22, 2009 at 1:56 PM #

    Skyler doesn’t get the cultural reference, methinks.

  3. Ryan September 22, 2009 at 2:02 PM #

    I’m going to play devil’s advocate; I think Sony ignorantly overlooked the fact that Nigeria has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and is listed as one of the N-11. By refusing to acknowledge Nigeria’s grievances about something that ultimately comes down to a human rights issue, Sony is not only burning bridges and cutting off potential for any future business relationships with them, but also making it clear to the world that it’s okay to perpetuate stereotypes in the name of mass-consumed entertainment.

  4. skyler hype September 22, 2009 at 3:55 PM #

    I get it its just not funny. me knows

  5. jimfairthorne September 22, 2009 at 3:58 PM #

    no- what’s not funny is how much the dutch suck.

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Link Me When September Ends: SOA Monthly Recap « State of Affairs - September 30, 2009

    […] after talking with Jim (recently back from South Africa) we decided it would be fun to do a monthly roundup of stories I’ve covered, revisiting and […]

  2. TLC: The Lowest Common Denominator Channel « State of Affairs - October 7, 2009

    […] cool shit coming down the pipe; stay tuned). We were getting a lot done, but Jim is only recently back from South Africa and I think he came down with a touch of typhoid fever while he was there, so he was a little out […]

  3. Hockey » Blog Archive » TLC: The Lowest Common Denominator Channel « State of Affairs - October 7, 2009

    […] cool shit coming down the pipe; stay tuned). We were getting a lot done, but Jim is only recently back from South Africa and I think he came down with a touch of typhoid fever while he was there, so he was a little out […]

  4. Bizzare Search Terms: 2011 Edition « State of Affairs - June 28, 2011

    […] do remember a post I did about District 9 being banned in Nigeria years ago. Maybe the two are related. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: