Sunday, 26 May 2019

Bob risky movie is set to be banned if it's analysed homosexuality

The National Film and Video
Censors Board has cleared the air
on a report making the rounds,
claiming the board has set up
three panels to analyse and
classify a transgender film titled,
‘Bobrisky in Love’.
The Executive Director of NFVCB,
Adebayo Thomas, said this in an
interview with newsmen
on Thursday.
He said, “I am not aware of any
film titled Bobrisky currently
being analysed and classified by
the board. Such a film can’t even
make it (from) our office because
it is against the Nigerian laws.
“And if the film eventually is
being sold in the open markets it
would be considered illegal
because we have not classified or
approved it. The issue has
nothing to do with the
individual, Bobrisky, but the
contents of the film, and the
Nigerian law does not permit the
promotion of homosexual acts of
any kinds even in the media.”
Mr Thomas, noted that Nigeria
has laws that prohibit
homosexuality and therefore
work of arts that promote it
cannot be endorsed by the
government.
Popular Nigerian cross dresser,
Idris Okunneye popularly called
Bobrisky, plays the lead role in
the film.
In the movie, Bobrisky (Cherry B)
portrays a transgender woman
who travels out of the country as
a man and returns to the village
as a woman to the chagrin of his
fiancée and relatives.
In the soundtrack of the movie,
members of the public are encouraged to
accept Cherry B as a transgender.
The cross-dresser starred alongside
established actresses, Queen Nwokoye and
Anita Joseph in the movie directed by Ken
Steve Anuka and produced by Basil Nneji.
The NFVCB is the regulatory body set up by
Act No.85 of 1993 to regulate films and video
industry in Nigeria.
The board is empowered by law to classify all
films and videos whether imported or
produced locally.
It is also the duty of the board to register all
films and video outlets across the country and
to keep a register of such registered outlets
among other functions.
The movie, which was released a few weeks
ago already has over 500,000 views on
YouTube and has garnered thousands of
comments.
Popular comic actor, Charles Awurum, had
earlier lampooned Nollywood producers for
casting the popular cross-dresser in movies.
This is not the first time the controversial
character would be featured in a Nigerian
movie.
He portrayed a cross-dresser in a 2015 Yoruba
movie titled ‘Ojuloge Obirin’.
The movie was produced by Tayo Sobola.

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