Probably 2009’s biggest summer block buster “District 9,” a science-fiction blockbuster about an alien refugee camp in South Africa, is drawing major protests from Nigerians all over the world including government officials in Nigeria over its portrayal of Nigerians, The Associated Press reported.
Dora Akunyili, the country’s information minister, has asked movie theaters in Abuja, the nation’s capital, to stop showing the film because it depicts Nigerians as gangsters, fraudsters and cannibals. “We have directed that they should stop public screening of the film,” Ms. Akunyili said. “We are not happy about it because it portrays Nigeria in bad light.”
Earlier this month Prof. Akunyili also appealed to Sony for an apology on it’s commercial for the SONY Playstation and requested that the studio edit out references to Nigeria.
In the movie, district 9 a character whose name resembles that of the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, is shown in one scene trying to eat another character’s arm. The response followed a private screening of the film for government officials on Wednesday.