Comedian I Go Dye has defended fellow star Ayo ‘AY’ Makun after the latter had come under criticism for jokes he made about Big Brother Nigeria housemate, Tokunbo ‘TBoss’ Idowu.
AY had used Tboss’ sexual assault at the hands of fellow housemate Kemen as comic relief, and it had drawn anger from many people.
AY has already apologized, writing on his Instagram: “I know a lot of people did not see the joke before lashing on me… and no amount of me trying to explain myself would do me any good which is why I am uploading it so Nigerians and indeed all fans of the AY brand will be fully informed.
“I want to apologize to @officialTboss_, the entire Tboss nation and Nigerians who interpreted the joke to be promoting rape. It was never my intention to come across as a supporter of any form of assault to women.
“I was only touched and inspired to share the joke when I learnt that Kemen came out alongside other church members when Pastor Paul Adefarasin asked those under immense pressure to the point of wanting to commit suicide to step out for prayers. Also coupled with the fact that he had personally apologised to Tboss after he was disqualified.
“Like I said in the joke, I have a wife and a daughter, and I will never be in support of any such action that is designed to promote rape or any form of sexual assault that will demean womanhood.”
In response to the whole saga however, I Go Dye feels it was just comedy and Nigerians just like to look for problems where they aren’t any.
He wrote on his Instagram: “The effect of any joke is to evoke laughter which is a practice embraced worldwide. The idea of comedy is to create humour out of tragedy. Our problem in this country is that we act like saints in the eyes of those who still pretend to be saints,i am not saints and not trying to be,the truth is that the only Saints I know is St. Moritz which you can still get the fake,the joke on BBNaija Housemates by @aycomedian was just to entertain without any form of malice. So I wonder why we go out to make issues out of none issues when we are bedevilled with various challenges that need attention.”
What do you think? Was the joke in poor taste?