BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
After several complaints from Nigerians about the transgender-themed show, MultiChoice recently yanked off I Am Cait from its listings. Since the removal, there have been mixed reactions from people around the world. The fact that a single country of 170 million people could facilitate the disruption of a show watched by about 10 other countries in Africa was somewhat fascinating and pleasing to some but very annoying to others. Some months ago, another transgender-themed show I Am Jazz was removed due to complaints from some Nigerians.
In an official statement put out by MultiChoice to formally acknowledge the removal of the show, the company said, “MultiChoice recognizes the importance of respecting the views of a number of its customers and all regulatory environments within which its service operates. After careful consideration, MultiChoice would like to inform its valued subscribers that the show will no longer air on the channel across our platforms.”
One of their officials, Olajide Obi also reminded viewers of the parental control feature that helps streamline what the children watch saying, “The company also reminds their subscribers that DStv and GOtv decoders are encrypted with the parental control feature that empowers parents with ultimate control over what young viewers can watch.” He also encouraged parents to “… make use of this feature as much as possible to ensure that their children only watch what their parents deem appropriate.”
Some parts of the international community think the removal is good riddance as Caitlyn Jenner was never really a true ambassador for the LGBT community. Another faction believes the removal has only gone to underline the continent’s extreme conservatism and intolerance to the LGBT community further.
Bisi Alimi, a Nigerian-born LGBT activist said in a phone interview on Tuesday: “This just shows how close-minded and ignorant some Nigerians are. If they can be this aggressive towards a TV show, imagine how aggressive they are toward LGBT people who they see everyday.”
Here are some opinions shared on Twitter and Yahoo!: