Last week most of us had the best laughs we had had in a while, all thanks to the First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan. Yesterday at work someone played the video of the white woman who mimicked the First Lady. It was a very poor attempt but I laughed nonetheless (more out of trying to be polite to my colleague who showed it to me than genuine amusement).
While we laughed a couple of people expressed outrage and righteous indignation.
Basically their grievance was how dare she? How dare a white woman/foreigner make fun of our First Lady!? She should be sued, this is defamation (LOL). This is outright disrespectful. Would she dare do this to the wife of the President of the United States?
I honestly could not believe what I was hearing. And so I asked, how dare you be upset? You're upset that a foreigner made a mockery of your First Lady when you spent the last few days doing even worse, ridiculing and insulting her in every possible way? If you didn't laugh and shake your head or make any "Diarris God oh!" jokes after watching that video then I can excuse you. But no, we all laughed and shared the video and showed anyone who hadn't seen it so that they could laugh too and we could all laugh some more. We insulted her online, one of our former legislators, Dino Melaye, even wore a Tshirt further making a public mockery of her, and you want to express indignation and outrage because a white woman did same?
No love, it doesn't happen that way. Do I come out and insult my mother and jeer at her in public and get angry when someone outside insults her too? Hell No.
You can't treat your own thing with disrespect, disdain and derision and expect someone outside to respect and honour it, the word for that is "deluded".
Basically my point is this (Patience Jonathan aside) treat your own how you want others to treat it. If you live in a filthy home you can't get angry when your friend who comes over to visit makes a mess and doesn't clean up.
If you come around me and you're constantly insulting your spouse, don't get too mad the day I see him and say "oh, here comes that stupid man".
If you have no respect for yourself, do not be surprised or get upset when others don't respect you.
So eventually after seeing the flaw in their reasoning they quietened down and thought about it. Yes, one was still adamant that the white woman was wrong. Maybe she was. But who's fault is it?
Happy Friday Happy People.