Spurred by Jimmy Kimmel's silly questions (in my opinion) recently on his show while interviewing the impressive Miss Lupita Nyong'o (who is making all sorts of waves in Hollywood at the moment and successfully dispensing some much appreciated dose of national pride), I will take this opportunity to share my thoughts.
For those of you who missed the interview, and the subsequent hullabaloo it caused on social sites like twitter by the #KOT (Kenyans on twitter), Mr Kimmel asked a number of questions in a manner many felt was a tad condescending at best. The egotistical Kenyan in me imagined he would have less superficial questions for the young, talented actress than, "So, did you get Friends?" referring to her years growing up in Kenya, with the bemused look on his face as if her mere presence there wasn't miracle enough, heavens forbid, they watch telly down there too!
Now why would he ask her that? Would he have asked the same kind of questions had Lupita been from say France? Or whatever other first world place? The answer is probably not. But his ignorant questions got me thinking...do some of these westerners realise just how much we buy into their culture while a large number of them cannot successfully point out your country on a map? Shouldn't this alone shame us into some sort of state of mindfulness while adapting the western culture?
As much as it irritates me because I am an African, truth be said, I cannot always entirely blame these kinds of attitudes from the likes of Kimmel. I mean, don't we as Africans do the same? Without naming names or pointing fingers, we all know there are Africans (by definition, of the African continent) who feel much the same way a westerner would feel about a distant 3rd world country, way over the oceans and thousands of kilometres away, towards their neighbouring countries. For whatever reason; they feel more economically well off or developed, more educated, better looking...really the reasons are many but bottom line, we discriminate against our own and we all know it. Heck, maybe you there reading this have been guilty of this at some point. A crying shame, yes, but I digress. My point is this: Why are we so completely sold on that culture and not just that, why do we then let it mould us so?
Recently the movie Wolf of Wall Street was banned in Kenya for apparently being too racy (well, I've seen worse). Oh, the uproar! I can tell you so many more Africans will flock their local cinemas and pirate illegal copies to watch yet another story about yet another American than the Americans themselves (guilty!). Thus far how many have, with as much vigour, tried to get their hands on a copy of Mandela? Don't get me wrong I am not saying it is wrong to borrow here and there from an exciting, innovative, more developed people but guys, please tusijisahau (Let's not forget who we are). What's that corny line told to forlorn lovers, "never make someone your priority when all you are to them is an option"? That's what I'm trying to say here, you get the gist.
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