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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Dumb-looking Nigerian singer Azadus damages Cartoon Network in Africa and MultiChoice's DStv by whipping up a frenzy over fake hentai Teen Titans Go! sex-toon.


An idiotic-looking Nigerian singer called Azadus (real name Olalekan Fadeyi) inflicted damage on the reputation of Turner Broadcasting's Cartoon Network in Africa as well as MultiChoice Africa and DStv by taking to social media to condemn Cartoon Network (DStv 301) and DStv for an explicit sex-toon image that's actually fake and has nothing to do with the TV channel or the pay-TV operator.

It's not clear whether the over-the-hill singer - who last had Nigerian prominence in the 90's and early 2000 - created the obscene image himself or if Olalekan Fadeyi is simply just to stupid and too much of a media-moron to realise that no kids show and no kids TV channel anywhere in the world would ever show or broadcast such filth.

Yet Olalekan Fadeyi, apparently trying to grasp for relevance, took to his Azadus Instagram page in the week to share a screenshot of the fake Teen Titans Go! image.

The trashy-looking singer ironically himself shared the fake sex-toon uncensored and unpixelated.

Through "broadcasting" to his followers on social media the fake image, he did what Turner Broadcasting in Africa and MultiChoice Africa never did in the first place - making himself guilty of what he accused Cartoon Network and DStv of.

The single-frame image, not actually part of any real TeenTitans Go! episode, is altered sex-trash that litters the internet and that is known as hentai manga porn and depicts a naked Starfire with her hand around the penis of a naked Robin.

"Dear DStv, I hope you guys are not mad? Please, let's repost this until it gets to Oga Lai Mohammed," wrote the faded hip-hop star on his Instagram page together with the fake sex image.

Oga Lai Mohammed is Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture.

What is troubling is that Olalekan Fadeyi - who wanted to whip up a frenzy under equally uninformed and media-unsavvy African viewers - sought to get attention with the fake hentai Cartoon Network image he either deliberately knew was fake, or didn't bother to be responsible and first do research over.

The fake Cartoon Network image did go viral and stirred up controversy in Nigeria and beyond in countries like Zambia.

It damaged the image of Cartoon Network, MultiChoice and DStv since even idiotic newspapers and trash-news sites whipped up outrage while stupid journalists failing their readers, didn't report that the hentai sex-toon was fake and that it had never been shown on television.

MultiChoice Africa through country offices like MultiChoice Nigeria, MultiChoice Zambia, MultiChoice Kenya and MultiChoice Ghana were forced to issue a statement over the fake Cartoon Network sex-toon.

"We are aware of the justified concern of some of our African viewers regarding what purportedly shows inappropriate content on Cartoon Network," said Turner Broadcasting Africa's Cartoon Network in a statement that was channeled through MultiChoice Africa.

"We can confirm without hesitation that these images are not authentic and have never been broadcast or shared on any official Cartoon Network platforms in Africa in any capacity."

"The fake images on social media were never produced by Cartoon Network, and are in no way representative of our goal to provide suitable, age-appropriate entertainment for African children and families," said Cartoon Network.

MultiChoice, MultiChoice Africa and several international TV channel and content suppliers are already sitting with a growing censorship problem in conservative Africa.

Broadcasting regulating authorities and censorship boards from Nigeria to Kenya have ordered bans on innocuous content they've decided they don't want viewers have a choice to see or not see.

The irresponsible post by Olalekan Fadeyi has only served to add further fuel on the fire in a very sensitive issue.

A lot of African viewers and regulators are confused and don't understand how pay-TV and decoder parental blocks work, and are much more inclined - due to not bothering to be properly informed - to rather call for blanket bans on content instead of taking the time to understand what the actual content of shows are.

Kenya's censorship board recently banned several cartoons from Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney after admitting it's never seen a single one of the shows in question and acting on fake news regarding supposed content in it.

It's sad that the big problem around media literacy in Africa isn't those delivering the content to consumers but the danger posed by imbeciles like even singers who don't know better and don't care to educate themselves.