Ace Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth has again made a public apology for a joke he made about rape some years ago, after he faced a recent backlash for being part of an EU campaign on Rape.
Some days ago, the comedian faced backlash after he was unveiled along some other Nigerian celebrities as an advocate for the European Union in a campaign against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
They argue that the comedian is a rape apologist who has in the past, made jokes about rape and therefore not fit to represent women and the issues they face.
Back in 2014, the comedian made a joke where he said women who refused to have sex by the second date could be raped.
Following the backlash that came with this, he apologised for the joke which critics branded insensitive and callous.
In 2019, Basketmouth made an appearance on The Dangerous World of Comedy by Larry Charles and when asked about the rape joke he made on social media, he revealed that people like such jokes and it helps to sell show tickets.
The Comedian was however removed from the list as it was greeted with massive criticism.
Taking to his Instagram page, he shared a photo collage of a number of women, including his daughter, his wife, Busola Dakolo, and more with a note where he expressed his “deep apology” for the joke.
“Almost every morning in the blogs, on the news, there’s a picture of a man sitting on the floor pleading, the caption is usually in the line of ‘its the devils handwork’ and the topic is from underage defilement, rape or brutality against a woman or minor. I live in this same world with my most prized possessions my wife, my two daughters, my sisters and women who have built me into the man I am,” he wrote.
“I was recently presented an opportunity to create awareness on the efforts of the EU to bring support to fighting this scourge, it was a no-brainer for me. I refused any compensation for it and volunteered to lend my voice because….its our fight, it’s not for the EU…its for my girls’ future.
“Unfortunately, a few years ago I shared up a Facebook post that I thought was shedding light through humor to the entitled crude and very present behavioral patterns of some African men who equate spending to sexual favors, but I also realized then that women actually have to face this daily and its harrowing and I deeply apologized for it
He added: “I sincerely pray that this does not take away from the most important fight of our lives….the fight to secure our future…because the girl child is our future.
I strongly appreciate the EU for this amazing platform to improve our lot, as long as the message reaches the ears of those who need it, then it’s a win.
To every woman – our mothers, sisters, lovers, wives, crowns, supporters, prayer partners, foundation, life…. thank you for being who you are. So many times you sacrifice who you are for a man to become who he wants to be. It’s time we all love and and also support you like you do us….cos in your light, we all shine
Apart from Basketmouth, there are current calls for the removal of Nigerian rapper, M.I Abaga and media personality, Uti Nwachukwu as influencers/advocates as well in the campaign.
M.I Abaga had tweeted that after watching The Larry Charles documentary about Nigerian culture on rape and homphobia, he stood with comedians joking about anything because it is their job to find the funny in pain.
He too faced public backlash as critics argued that rape was not an issue to joke about.
Ex Big Brother winner Uti Nwachukwu on the other hand is said to constantly body shame women on his social media accounts.