It seems that lately every young person in Lusaka is linked to an Internet scandal of some sort, be it a sex tape or naked photos. In the last 4 years we have seen sex tapes by college students and more recently upcoming rappers.
What I want to know is what has motivated these people to get involved in sex tapes; I mean it can’t be the money! As far as I know a sex tape qualifies as pornography, which Zambia has strict laws against. It’s not a Kim Kardashian and Ray J type of situation where you sign a distribution deal and get rich from getting off (excuse the pun).
Are kids so desperate for quick and easy “fame” that they are willing to compromise their integrity by releasing these sex tapes? Whatever happened to working hard at a talent or having an actual skill that you could build a brand on? If you want celebrity then do something the old fashioned way to get it.
Most of the people who have sex tapes claim that their laptop or mobile device was stolen and that is how the tapes were released. I don’t know if I am going to buy that though, because these people always seem to release a sex tape before an album drops or some project is released.
Again its not like you are going to build a million dollar empire off of one very badly lit, unedited and just all round gross sex tape. Please remember that you are not Paris Hilton and even her video was in night vision!
If you think you are going to catapult yourself to celebrity-ville and start getting sponsors and crazy money- you are dead wrong. Even the most well known people in the entertainment industry in Zambia are struggling to pay rent on time and put food on the table. We don’t live in America and we are certainly not living the American dream.
I am increasingly disturbed that the sex tapes that get released feature people engaging in unprotected sex or sex that carries on even after a condom breaks. It is as if people have forgotten about STDs and HIV/AIDS. You will not pass Go and collect a cool million or get Muvi Tv or ZNBC to set you up with a reality Tv show. If your sex tape is anything to judge by then perhaps you will get sponsorship from Society for Family Health but you will be the poster child for what happens when you have sex without protection.
Let us remember that we have family, siblings, parents, grandparent and one day we will have children who we don’t want or need to see our TRASHY mistakes. The internet makes sure that things live on forever!