Pulse Opinion: Okon Lagos' joke on prostitute-rape is crass, and his second video is trash

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It seems the comedian has forgotten what he said in his first video. Prostitution is the oldest profession in the world, it’s as old as time, but it still gets a bad rep. In all honesty, that is not going to change. As a world, we’re some way off the perception of sex as an offspring of morals. That is why even the people fighting that, ‘Ashawo na work,’ are reluctant to say that they would be fine should their child want to pursue a career in prostitution, in porn or in any kind of sex work in the future. We’re victims of the values we grew on. No matter how much we try to outrun them, we can only shed them pragmatically. We have high standards of faux ‘morality' in Nigeria. This is a product of religion that Nigeria is supposedly founded upon and which Nigerians hold each other to. As a result of this, most Nigerians simply cannot process how sex work is a legitimate hustle, regardless of the reasons those prostitutes landed in that space – Comedian, Okon Lagos belongs to that class of people. He is a typical Nigerian. While a fraction of young Nigerians still have some – unresolved – reservations towards sex work, they at least admit that sex workers have rights and that such rights can definitely be trampled upon, even in the course selling sex. The average Nigerian instead covers his insensitivity by claiming the illegality of prostitution as support for his reservations against sex work, when the morality that birthed him is the reason he cannot see beyond his arguments. At times, this morality maroons as hypocrisy. During election season, Nigerians who claim to hate prostitution find ways to get themselves endorsed by the ‘Association of Nigerian prostitutes.’ With all the back and forth concerning this issue, we must understand that Nigerian prostitutes have rights. It's terrible when we give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Who justifies rape? Obviously not me. I think lots of people have problems with hearing and comprehension. Listen well again to the video I made. I never defended the animals that raped the girls. I only tried to open up another perspective to the crime they committed and that is robbery which attracts in most cases, instant death penalty by jungle justice while also condemning commercial sex hawking! Hear, Listen, Understand or shut up!!! Yesterday, off the back of the alleged harassment and rape of certain prostitutes in Abuja, Nigeria, which caused both an uproar and protests, Okon Lagos got on his Instagram and intimated that prostitutes cannot be raped because they have no dignity - again, alluding to the morality of sex like an average Nigerian. He claimed that the rape of prostitutes was “stealing” and not rape because prostitutes have no dignity. He got incredible backlash from Nigerian social media users and got dragged by scalp like a Nazi in 1943. Actor #OkoLagos defends the #Abuja policemen who r*ped ladies arrested over alleged prostitution So, earlier today like a broken record and speaking in 'pure English,' the comedian then posted a video to supposedly clarify his position. In this video, he tried to bamboozle us with claims that rape was the same thing as stealing. Whereas, in yesterday’s video, he explicitly said that prostitutes could not be raped. He then captioned the video with the following, “It's terrible when we give a dog a bad name in order to hang it. Who justifies rape? Obviously not me. I think lots of people have problems with hearing and comprehension. Listen well again to the video I made. I never defended the animals that raped the girls. "I only tried to open up another perspective to the crime they committed a...

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