“I don’t like prostitutes,” Falz said to presidential aspirant Fela Durotoye on the web show On The Couch. Durotoye had been asked about his opinion on homosexuality but his response kept beating about the bush, and Falz tried to prove that there was nothing wrong in stating one’s dislike. Even if it further disparages a group of people. As a rapper, Falz’s discography is littered with sex worker prejudice spread over albums and singles. Collaborations, too. And on Sunday, the rapper reinforced his bias when he attempted a rap pun in a tweet:
If olosho dey reason wetin to chao, shey na food for thot?
— #27 (@falzthebahdguy) November 18, 2018
The tweet has since drawn attention on social media, with some asking what sex workers have done to the rapper. Falz’s obsession with sex workers, despite his dislike for them, is something I have tried to understand. It’s akin, I think, to straight homophobic Nigerians obsessing about homosexuality, as we saw last week as Twitter plunged into the homosexuality discourse. On the surface, Falz’s tweet looks harmless and shouldn’t be blown out of proportion. Fake woke, fake deep – these are just some of the phrases that have been used to shut down criticisms against Falz. But, at the end of the day, this is still Falz, whose anti-sex worker antecedence speaks for itself.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies, anime and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.