Whether or not to ban a particular movie or song, has been a hot topic of debate in the Nigeria entertainment scene and, mind you, it’s never going to end with the recent ban of Italian movie, 50 Shades of Grey.
The movie was released in Nigeria cinemas last week and gosh, Nigerians were already itching to storm the cinema for a peep only to get their hopes dashed.
Why was the movie which was enthusiastically welcomed all over the world kicked out in Nigeria after its release?
The usual reason- sex scenes.
So let’s take a peep into the movie to know the extent of the sex scenes and whether or not it deserved to be banned.
50 Shades of Grey– Synopsis
When college senior Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) steps in for her sick roommate to interview prominent businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) for their campus paper, little does she realize the path her life will take. Christian, as enigmatic as he is rich and powerful, finds himself strangely drawn to Ana, and she to him. Though sexually inexperienced, Ana plunges headlong into an affair — and learns that Christian’s true sexual proclivities push the boundaries of pain and pleasure.
Initial release: 2015 (Italy)
Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson
Running time: 125 minutes
Adapted from: Fifty Shades of Grey
Of a truth, 50 Shades of Grey has loads of sex scenes. Not only that, the message it preaches, is way out of place from what we Africans believe in.
Let me explain.
It’s not like Africans don’t have sex but then, how many of us would want our teenage daughters still in secondary school, to get involved in indiscriminate sexual activities with men old enough to be their uncle?
If your answer is “no” then, that’s what 50 Shades of Grey is all about.
Ana who is still in her senior secondary class, goes to interview a pervert business executive who seduced her into liking him. So, he distracts her from her studies, making her engage in sex upon sex with him. Ana later found out that Christian’s sexual prowess isn’t just the normal thing, he’s more of an animal in bed- he tires he up, beats her and does other crazy stuff, all in the name of sex!
The movie is X-rated.
From findings, the ban didn’t just come because of the too many scenes. If it were just because of the sex scenes, the censored board could have easily restricted the viewing hours to late night so it can be watched by just adults. But then, the sex wasn’t even between two adults but between a major and a minor- which is wrong.
Even with the ban, trust teenagers of nowadays- the movie is already online and the restless ones could easily go download and watch it secretly. But then, it will be on record that the Censor’s Board already did its best not to allow it run in the cinemas.
The rest now lies in the hands of parents who even if they want to go watch it at the cinema, shouldn’t go along with their children. Or, if parents eventually buy the DVD, should make sure their wards don’t get a hold of it.
Besides, must we Africans gobble down everything done by the whites? The whites don’t fancy most of what we go crazy about.
I mean, for the white communities, almost everything goes. And we for sure know, that we Africans frown at some of what they term moralistic.
Sadly enough, its trailer is the most viewed on Youtube, hitting more than 36 million views in less than a week of its release.
Your guess as to which set of people who watched it on Youtube, is as good as mine.
So, you can guess my reaction when Miss Dee of Beat 99.9 FM, raised an alarm about the ban. Her uproar steered the social media in the wrong direction instead of enlightening the populace about the true danger behind such negative themed movie.
Read some of her tweets;
“Telling me the Nigerian censor board did it for our benefit. One staff probably tied the mrs and she vexed and he came and vexed for us”.
“As an adult my country is taking away the choice for me to go watch a movie that makes the panties wet. Is it your wetness? Your panties?“, she tweeted.
We are not saying bonafied adults aren’t free to watch whatever they want yet, we must consider our teenagers too, plus the fact that the focus is on a minor’s foray into perverted sex when she’s supposed to be in school. Is that what we want for our young girls? Absolutely not!
God saves us all if our daughters happen fall into such a situation. Yes, it’s true that such a case exists in our society but then, such act must not be encouraged even at its lowest form.
It’s just the trailer we’ve seen, no one knows what eventually happened to Christian after doing all that to her. We probably can guess- it could be either he went to jail and the girl was left shattered or he and the girl eventually got married.
But then, how many cases of such exist where the man eventually marries the girl for us to encourage such an affair?
In all, if for just the reason of the perverted sex between an adult, Christian and a teenager, Ana, was why the movie was banned then, we say kudos to the Nigerian Censor’s Board.