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Get off my back, American professor slams Nigerians condemning her positive review of a Nollywood film

An American writer and professor, Roxane Gay, has lashed out at some Nigerians on social media who stormed her Twitter mention with vile comments against a Nollywood movie she tweeted about.

Gay, the author of The New York Times best-selling essay collection Bad Feminist, had taken to her Twitter page to share her opinion about ‘Chief Daddy’ and also recommended the movie.

She tweeted:

Many Nigerians trooped to the comment section of the tweet with vile comments to lampoon the movie, some asked if she was paid to promote the movie.

Chief Daddy, a star-studded Nollywood comedy movie was released in December 2018 by EbonyLife Films.

The movie showcased the life of a billionaire industrialist whose family, friends and staff scrambled for their share of his fortune after he dropped dead unexpectedly.

Stars like Joke Silva, Richard Mofe-Damijo, Rachael Oniga, Kate Henshaw, Funke Akindele-Bello, Ini Edo, Falz, Osoufia, among many others starred in the movie.

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The movie chalked up the second-highest opening weekend for a Nollywood film in 2018, the distributor, FilmOne said.

Peeved by the negative comments that greeted her recommendation, Roxane lashed out at her critics.

“I said I liked it. Why are you doing this? Most movies are cliched. I didn’t say I liked it as a lie. You didn’t like it? No problem! I’m allowed my opinion.”

In another tweet, she wrote:

“And all the condescending Nigerians stepping into my mentions to tell me it’s a bad movie, it’s no more cliched than ANY American rom com or comedy. Honestly. Get off my back. It’s a fun movie.”

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The comments on the movie have evoked reactions from other Nigerians criticising their countrymen for ‘always speaking ill’ of the country.

Ayo Moses wrote:

“And all the condescending Nigerians stepping into my mentions to tell me it’s a bad movie, it’s no more cliched than ANY American rom com or comedy. Honestly. Get off my back. It’s a fun movie.”

Another Twitter user wrote:

The director of the movie, Niyi Akinmolayan, who seems not to be deterred by the negative comments, responded:

 

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