Kenyans outraged over explicit web material

Wednesday April 27 2011


Outrage has greeted proceedings at two events in Nairobi during the Easter weekend after revelations of lewd acts became an internet sensation.

Reactions by Kenyans on social media over the explicit videos and pictures decried indecency after the material was posted on the web.

This latest outrage by Kenyans on Twitter, Facebook and bloggers was partly as a result of videos from a dancehall concert dubbed ‘The Swaggeriffic Concert’ held last Saturday at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi.

The videos, which were later flagged as ‘Pornographic content’ by video hosting site Youtube showed the events’ star guests, Jamaican duo RDX involved in lewd dance moves with random female fans from the crowd.

At different stages of the performance, some of the female revellers ended up nude from the waist down as they continued dancing with the artists on stage. Even as they lay, stood or hunched over semi- nude, the videos showed little or no remorse on their faces. In fact, the ladies as well as the two male artists seemed to revel in the attention their actions was getting from the hundreds of cheering fans around them.

As soon as the images were put up on Youtube, Kenyans weighed in with their opinions on the happenings at the concert.
Expressing her shock on Twitter, Moesha Maina posted: “The swaggeriffic concert. No Comment. I can't believe it! It's all over YouTube In our own Kenya,” she said.

Commenting on popular blog walalalahoi, user Tom Linus expressed his shock and dismay posting: “You can call it that name again, filth. And to imagine these are our upcoming celebs. This shows where we are heading to as a nation. Lowest point a human being can bend to trying to ape the west.”

On the same site, Vincent Ombati only had three words for what happened at the concert, “Very sad indeed”

The concert that still created an online buzz days after it was held was organized to coincide with the Easter weekend was put together by entertainment company Fishborne Entertainment.

As the online community continued to express itself on the leaked videos, yet another potentially scandalous post hit the web. Reminiscent of the Kakamega Muliro Gardens debacle, other photos of similar mischief were posted. This time, the location was a Nyeri cemetery.

Similarly, Kenyans too had something to say that. Some online comments bordered on shock, anger, surprise while others poked fun at the happenings.

On social networking site twitter, Dan Mkubwa questioned the double standards of the so-called vigilante who posted the images.

“ Sick people. Why are the men’s faces blocked out but the woman’s is exposed,” he asked.

On another popular blog, an anonymous contributor posted, “This is not funny but stupid. Those in these photos, including the one who took them, should be publicly named and shamed.”

Another blogger, still on the Nyeri photos, wrote; “Shame! Shame! Shame! We need redemption. Dear God see us through this period.”

A few bloggers saw nothing wrong with the photos. On popular blog, one user posted: “why are you judging them? Let them have fun but answer to God. All sins are the same. Only judge others if you are sinless.”

It is not clear whether such images are made public for amusement or for informing the public on the goings on around them. But once they make it to the web, they elicit an array of comments and debates in the Kenya online community.