Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Nigeria bans District 9!
They have bigger problems!
According to Nigeria's Information Minister Dora Akunyili, the country will boycott summer blockbuster District 9 due to the negative portrayal of its inhabitants.
"We have directed that they should stop public screening of the film," she said of the movie theaters in Abuja. "We are not happy about it because it portrays Nigeria in bad light."
The sci-fi morality film shows Nigerians as gangsters and cannibals while the leader of the clan closely resembles former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo. He is seen cutting off and eating the arm of the film's main character, in an attempt to gain his supernatural powers. Also, Nigerian prostitutes are seen pleasing alien customers.
Could the writing be symbolic of African politics? Fixed elections, wild theories on avoiding AIDS and a government plagued by self interest?!
"We have written to the producer and distributor of the film, Sony Entertainment, expressing our displeasure and demanded an apology," said the Minister. "We have asked that the areas where Nigeria and Obasanjo are mentioned should be edited from the film."
District 9 is already pushing buttons as it closely mirrors South African apartheid!
And the opposition has banned together to form Nigerians Offended by District 9, which offends all of 57 members!
Maybe they should spend more time improving the country and less time worrying about some movie!