Actress Jaiye Kuti’s post criticising some of colleagues who ask for financial support on social media has prompted actor and activist Yomi Fabiyi to respond.
She stated that the older colleagues should accept responsibility for their current situation as a result of any reckless financial decisions they may have made while they were still employed in the sector. She blamed their predicament on their lack of foresight.
she said: “All the actors coming to beg online should stop giving us bad names. This job doesn’t have a pension, so you need to prepare for the future. I’m already preparing for my future.”
Reacting to this, Fabiyi explained in a post on Instagram that the majority of the veterans seeking support had been exploited in the past, and the recent trend should not bother anyone.
He wrote: “If anybody needs help and indeed comes public with his or her brand, name, and face only, I don’t see why it should bother anyone. If you cannot find the means to recover all these veterans’ losses via piracy and exploitation by capitalists, then let them breathe. We, the new millennium actors, are a little luckier, but not better. We must learn to respect people’s decisions, choices, and actions. All man for himself. Comparison is proof of nothing.
No matter how uncomfortable and displeased you are with someone else’s decisions or actions, if it is not against the law and falls within the person’s rights, it is an outright act of arrogance, a crime, and grandeur of delusion to attempt to rubbish such person. Caveat! I hate pretence, arrogance, and fake lives.”