Learn the piece from Rasheed Abubakar beneath…
The scandalous footage of former Huge Brother Africa (BBA) housemate, Beverly Osu, the place she was captured smoking in a seductive nun apparel with rosary in hand, has set social media ablaze because it first appeared on-line on September 10, 2018.
Similar to the heavy criticism that greeted the crass immorality she displayed in 2013 throughout the controversial BBA present that first introduced her to the limelight, the social media trolls – majority of that are Christians – didn’t spare her, as they referred to as her unprintable names, together with “Osu”, a derogatory Igbo title for an outcast, for “disrespecting” the Catholic faith and the nun apparel within the controversial photo-shoot.
An awesome quantity of feedback I learn on completely different blogs described the offensive photos – which appeared within the newest version of Taylor Dwell Journal – as “outrageously disgusting”.
A web based platform, Pulse.ng ran a narrative with the screaming headline, “Twitter destroys Beverly Osu for ‘disrespecting’ nun footage”, the place the video vixen and mannequin was torn into items by Christian netizens.
Nevertheless, some of her followers and colleagues within the leisure trade, together with the Nigerian OAP, Daddy Freeze – famously identified for arguing with some Nigerian pastors over some doctrines – rallied behind Beverly, calling the shoot “a mere work of artwork”.
It’s nonetheless saddening that majority of those that criticised Beverly for ridiculing the sacredness of the nun apparel and the Catholic rosary strongly defended one other actor-singer, Falz the Bahd Man when he ridiculed Islam and the Hijab by that includes shaku-shaku dancers sporting the Hijab in his now banned tune, “That is Nigeria”.
One would have thought they might defend Beverly Osu the identical say they defended Falz, however alas, they made a U-turn and concluded that faith – however solely THEIR faith – needs to be left alone from all ridicule. You realize why? Their spiritual garb is beneath assault.
Examine the reactions to Falz’s “That is Nigeria” on the feedback part of the Linda Ikeji Weblog as revealed in Could 5 to the reactions that trailed Beverly Osu’s offensive photo-shoot as appeared on September 11 on the identical platform. It is a sterling instance of double requirements gone too far, as Falz was praised for ridiculing the Hijab, whereas Beverly acquired knocks for disrespecting Catholic symbols.
Sadly, Muslims who reacted to the insults on the Hijab have been tagged extremists.
It’s an undisputed indisputable fact that the Hijab is a obligatory attire for Muslims as ordained by Allah within the Qur’an (24: 31; 33:59), the identical approach the nun apparel and the rosary is sacred to Catholicism, a department of Christendom.
The indisputable fact that some ignorants put on the Hijab or the nun apparel to commit indecent acts will not be a justification for anybody to pull their sanctities within the mud, all within the title of artwork.
I’m acquainted with the Nigerian leisure trade as a former author for a preferred soft-sell journal, and I can say with out mincing phrases that the trade is one of the religious battlegrounds within the 21st century.
As we speak on social media, entertainers insult the spiritual sensibilities of their followers for fame and glam, identical as Beverly Osu tried to do after a number of failed makes an attempt to achieve stardom.
As an example, they are saying: “If you wish to be well-known and get extra site visitors in your social media platforms, insult Islam. The Muslims will come for you as a result of they don’t joke with their faith.”
Nevertheless, the Beverly Osu incident has confirmed that, not solely Muslims, however Christians additionally don’t toy with their spiritual symbols, particularly when such come beneath assault. Religion is little question a approach of life!
Paradoxically, as Africans, we’re oblivious when the sanctities of what we name “imported religions” are beneath assault within the arms of components who conceal beneath “works of artwork”, as a result of these spiritual establishments have been abused by some clergymen who’re speculated to be vicegerents of God on earth.
But, it’s by no means a justification to blaspheme symbols of any faith as a result of inadequacies of their adherents.
It’s excessive time the related companies regarded into the actions of the inventive trade. It’s not excellent to mock the beliefs or symbols of others’ religions in no matter guise, particularly in a multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic nation like Nigeria, the place the residents are simply divided over spiritual points.
The inventive trade ought to know that freedom of speech will not be absolute. The reality is, when freedom will not be managed and regulated, it results in destruction. That’s the reason there are legal guidelines of sedition, defamation, invasion of privateness and blasphemy in civilised nations of the world, together with the USA. A number of European nations even have anti-Semitism legal guidelines which place limitations on speech, expression and creative work.
On March 11, 2005, for example, the Roman Catholic Church received a go well with banning an outline of the Final Supper by a number one trend home, Marithe and Francois Girbaud, which changed the Apostles with frivolously clad girls – one of them together with her arms round a half-naked man in denims. The French decide within the case, Jean-Claude Magendie dominated that, “The offence executed to Catholics within the advert marketing campaign far outweighs the specified business aim.”
The French state of affairs is just like what performed out in Falz’s “That is Nigeria” and Beverly Osu’s scandalous Reverend Sister-themed photo-shoot. Sadly, whereas the Church in France dragged the style home to court docket for the violation of her spiritual rights, Nigerians have been divided, combating soiled on social media, once they have been speculated to petition the suitable companies or sue the culprits to court docket for his or her insults on faith.
The Nigerian parallel court docket techniques (Customary and Shari’iah) spelt out punishments for blasphemy and insult on faith. Such punishments have been invoked in some circumstances, primarily based on Part 204 of the Legal Code beneath Chapter 77, which states that:
Any one that does an act which any class of individuals take into account as a public insult on their faith, with the intention that they need to take into account the act such an insult, and any one that does an illegal act with the information that any class of individuals will take into account it such an insult, is responsible of a misdemeanour, and is liable to imprisonment for 2 years.”
Legal guidelines like this can assist shield the sanctity of all religions from insult and promote spiritual pluralism, the place members of completely different religions stay collectively Bi-Salam (in peace). Whoever violates the regulation, irrespective of his or standing within the society, together with the artistes, needs to be prosecuted and punished. No one is above the regulation!