At his annual AY Live comedy show on Easter Sunday, popular Nigerian comedian and actor, AY, brought the contestants of the recently concluded Big Brother Naija reality show on stage in a bid to further introduce them to Nigerians and showcase their talents.
On stage at the event with the other contestants that were evicted was Kemen, who had been disqualified from the BBNaija house following some controversy and allegations of s*xual assault towards fellow housemate, TBoss.
During a previous event, the night before his annual show, AY Makun had pledged his support for Kemen – who has constantly received mixed reactions from Nigerians. According to AY Makun, Kemen should be encouraged and not further punished for what AY described as a mistake.
At the annual show, AY further reiterated his support for Kemen. He went on to make jokes about s*x and the urgency to which some men might require a release from their desires. According to him, women can side with TBoss but no man should castigate Kemen because every man knows how ‘konji’ can be.
This joke was met with mixed reactions on social media, especially as TBoss was right there on stage when the jokes were being made.
According to some fans, the jokes were made at the expense of TBoss’ feelings.
A number of people on social media have also maintained that it was “just comedy” and that comedians cannot be restricted to certain topics.
The comedian and showbiz infasario, AY has now come out to apologize for his joke about the kemen and TBoss rape fiasco which the public misinterpreted as a promotion of r*pe.
Here’s his official statement he posted on Instagram;
HERE IS PART 1 & 2 OF THE RAPE JOKE I SAID AT AY LIVE
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.