30 Second Video from Lagos Has Everyone Fighting.
Man confronts women protesting rape.
Man confronts women protesting rape.
As a Nigerian, it is very difficult to shock me anymore. But still, I come across one or two things on the internet and I am shocked. A lot of times not really because of what the people are saying, but because of the insensitivity and audacity of some people I see on the internet.
A video that has since gone viral, a Nigerian man is seen in front of a house confronting a small gathering of women who are protesting against rape.
Ya, you read that right – the man is confronting women who are protesting against rape. When I first read the headline, I wondered what was really there to confront when it came to protesting against rape, surely it’s something that we should all be happy to protest against right? Because no matter from which side you look at it, rape is awful.
And so I clicked on the video to see what the man was complaining about, why he was confronting these innocent women and, you just have to see it for yourself.
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Okay, so in the 30 second clip, this is what the man had to say against these women protesting.
Here is the transcript of what he said:
You you girls you have a role to play in that rubbish. You’ll be collecting money from boys and you will not…“I want to zip up”, how can you? Go and search your conscience, it’s very very bad. Before you talk to any girl now, you’ll be saying you have money. Even me, at my age, I have girlfriends of your age, “Daddy how much will you give me?” Am I lying? Stop collecting money from boys. When you collect money from boys, anytime they have it again, they will deal with you.
Now, this video has since gone viral and the reaction to the video has been…mixed, to put it mildly.
For every comment that was against the man saying he was talking rubbish, there was another saying that the man made some points. Here are some examples:
Twitter user, Oluoomo of Derby, said:
This man should be ashamed himself........So the 5yrs old girl that was raped collected money abi? Some Nigerian men are just annoyingly backwards. He needs to be educated about RAPE issues in our society.
To which in response to Oluoomo’s tweet above, he got a couple of different reactions against him including:
What the man said is 100% relative. Obviously it does not apply to every rape case but you can't say it's rubbish.
The man clarified it with the first word. He said "You girls, you have a role to play in that RUBBISH" That's for you to know he knows it's rubbish but he want we ladies to admit some faults too
See, most tweeps, rather than stating practical steps that could be adopted to avoid rape in some cases, they will be focus on carry placards. The man in his first statement just highlighted one measure that could be used to avoid some instances of rape. But woke people miss it.
I honestly didn’t expect the responses to Oluoomo’s tweet and similar ones to his where people are chastising the man's comments to be met with such resistance and people being against it. Still, while a lot of the tweets were in favor of the man and saying he made a point, there were also a lot of tweets that didn't agree with him.
Some people said:
This is absolute rubbish. Tell the boys to play their part by not giving money to girls if that's their excuse for doing what they do. Imagine the rubbish he is saying mad man.
Imagine scrolling through Twitter and you see your father embarrass himself like this damnnnn
What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you think the man is correct or do you think the man is chatting rubbish?
This is what I think.
I think there’s a place and time for everything. To come to a protest against rape and use that as a platform to chastise women for collecting money from boys…I don’t think it’s the correct way to do things. Because a lot of the times, the victims of rape weren’t paid by their rapists. That just isn’t what the statistics show.
So to come and say that and cite that as one of the primary reasons women are raped, it is simply not factual and then more importantly, it doesn’t add even an inch to the movement against rape which is such an abhorrent crime that should be eradicated from this world.
Regardless of his thoughts on the matter, I do think this was a little tasteless and uncalled for. What are your thoughts on the matter though? I’d like to hear what you guys think. Do you agree with me or do you think the man was right in what he did?
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