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‘A comedian has the power to crack jokes, because humour has no limits.’ Basketmouth addresses the rape joke scandal

Basketmouth-5Except you’ve been living under a rock somewhere in the Amazon rainforest, you would have heard about all the furor that was kicked up because of the rape joke made by one of Nigeria’s most celebrated comedians, Basketmouth on his Facebook account. Check on it HERE if you missed it.

In a recent interview on “Live At Battersea” with Adesope Olajide, Basketmouth once again apologizes for the joke, but also says that as a comedian “you have the power to crack jokes because the truth is humour has no limits. You can crack jokes about death, living, anything you want to crack jokes about.”

Read the rest of what he had to say after the cut.

Speaking on the rape joke scandal, Basketmouth says:

“Definitely I am sorry about what happened. The people that it offended…I won’t say the people that misunderstood but the people that it offended.”

On the backlash, he further adds:

“It limits me though. Now it limits the type of jokes I’m going to be cracking right now. Sadly, every joke hits people the wrong way. If I crack jokes about food, there are people in third world countries saying, ‘Why is he cracking jokes about food? Have I chop na?’ They will just go on twitter and say ‘This guy should stop cracking jokes about food, I haven’t eaten’.”

When asked if he felt that there were any topics that are off limits for a comedian, he replied:

“No. If you’re a comedian, you have the power to crack jokes because the truth is humour has no limits. You can crack jokes about death, living, anything you want to crack jokes about. Humour has its own education that sends a message. Everything is funny. Everything in life is funny, there is humour in everything that we do. Society actually structures one. For me, the only thing that limits me is if I go for a church event, I won’t crack any joke that has any X in it. Then if I go for an event where everyone is drinking and drunk with their wives, I’m not going to be cracking jokes about Noah and Solomon, I have to crack a joke that suits them. I crack my jokes according to the audience. So that’s my limit. I limit myself according to the audience, but when it comes to jokes, there shouldn’t be any limit. But because of the culture and everything, you have to respect the fact that people might find it offensive and just hold back.”

He further stated:

“The truth about jokes is no matter what type of joke you crack, there are people in the audience that won’t find it funny. People get offended for different reasons.  Wale Gates was telling me about a joke he cracked about his wife and how someone was upset and said, ‘Why would you crack a joke about your wife.’ And he said ‘Look, she’s my wife. If anyone is going to be upset, can you let her be upset?’ And she heard the joke before and she wasn’t upset. People take jokes in different ways, unfortunately everybody made it look like it’s the first joke that I’m cracking. I cracked a joke about “Two things involved” and it ended up being a positive angle and nobody talked about it. The only joke that people like that I’ve cracked right now is about me dying. I cracked a joke about my funeral and they loved it.”

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  1. I think he’s said everything that needs to be said. People take jokes differently. Fat jokes offends fat people, we laugh at them. Jokes about stereotypes, jokes about Asians, dumb blonde jokes, illiterate Ibadan people jokes. We find some funny, and others not? This is just people being selective. And maybe it’s distasteful to crack some jokes because of their sensitiveness, but isn’t that applicable to all types of jokes?

  2. cc

     /  January 12, 2014

    He also has to understand he is a role model for some people who may not understand that it was a joke and decide to act out on it

    • Ikenna

       /  January 14, 2014

      Why do people like to create mayhem out of nothing. How will a human being go and rape because of a joke basketmouth made? That’s a really daft insinuation. The problem with social media today is that it is now a means for people to make noise whether or not there is logic or jargon in their statement. Anybody who was offended by the joke should go and hug a speeding lorry abeg. These same hypocrites will laugh with jaws wide open about fat jokes, lesbian jokes, police jokes, why don’t they go up in arms for these groups being joked about na? Nonsense generation of today seff


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