Marlon Wayans Slammed For Lame Jokes About African Culture at 2014 MTV African Music Awards

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Marlan Wayans was slammed after hosting the 2014 MTV African Music Awards where he made stereotypical offensive jokes about Africans. www.blacklikemoi.com


Reported by Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Actor Marlon Wayans acted like he didn’t know much about Africa in an ill-advised attempt at geographic humor during his recent stint as the host of the 2014 MTV African Music Awards.

The reviews are in and they aren’t kind.

Wayans’ jokes focused on obvious stereotypes like distance runners and the wildlife. He rode onto the stage in a rickshaw and then mispronounced cultural names. He even made an attempt to turn his ignorance into a joke about being a clueless American reporter that fell flat with several African writers and commentators.

ThisIsAfrica.com, blasted Wayans, suggesting that maybe his ignorance wasn’t all that much of an act, according to madamnoire.com.

They chalked his performance up to “Another American hits African soil without much clue about where they are landing,” the site reports.

In addition to mispronouncing words like Nairobi, ThisIsAftica said the comedian “…trundled out crappy stereotype after insult – telling the audience that he’d seen butts that made Kim Kardashian look like Miley Cyrus, going on about how many marathons Africans win and getting in jokes about cannibalism, clicking languages and how he might have fυcked a lion the night before.”

Nigerian R&B singer, Banky Wellington joined several others who took to Twitter to express their displeasure over Wayans’ performance.

ThisIsAfrica just chalked Marlon’s offensive performance to apathy. “The man is not stupid, which implies that the skimpiness of his performance and the wealth of stereotypes was just because he wasn’t bothered about what impression he made,” the site reads.

Wayans’ performance as host marred what madamnoire.com called “a beautiful showcase of the talent located on the continent… Musicians Nigeria’s Davido and Tiwa Savage won best male and female artist and South Africa’s own Mafikizolo took home the award for best group.”


Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.comand can be followed @CriminalUniv on Twitter.


10 Comment

  1. I am totally not surprised at Marlon the Wayans think they are all that with their white women loving selves….dumb Marlan!!

  2. This boarders on more on ignorance and stupidity than humor.

  3. I gave up tv overall years ago.
    It’s ironic how so many black people complain and cry about the content of what is being showned as so-called entertainment, and still watch this non-sense that is in reality it’s mainly updated coonism and 21st century monkeyshine,shoeshining

  4. This is good for him and his whole family, wrong day in time to be acting so d@Mn clueless ignorant & stupid… They all need a little media azz-whooping to learn some humility.
    They could also use a little black-balling so they will never miss this beat again.

  5. Well..money and…once poor…LOL

  6. Dummy down….rich and a dummy…

  7. Ignorance and stupidity is the only words to describe his actions. Can’t give him no more energy than that.

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