The actress has since come under fire for the choice of words used in her tweet.
On Sunday, May 31, 2020, popular Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji took to social media to react to the recent killings of two Nigerian women by the police and unknown bandit.
Last week saw two separate acts of violence perpetuated against two young Nigerian women – Tina Ezekwe who was killed by a police officer and Vera Uwaila Omozuwa., who was raped and murdered inside a church in the University of Benin.
Reacting to the tragic incidents via her Twitter page, actress Genevieve was critical of those – both men– responsible for the crime and called for justice on behalf of the victims.
“They either abuse their power, or have the power to abuse. In or out of uniform, we live in constant fear of men. Tina Ezekwe. Vera Omozuwa. Rest In Peace my darlings. We will get justice,” she wrote.
They either abuse their power, or have the power to abuse. In or out of uniform, we live in constant fear of men. Tina Ezekwe. Vera Omozuwa. Rest In Peace my darlings. We will get justice.🌹💔 pic.twitter.com/e9c4ODcEri
— Genevieve Nnaji MFR (@GenevieveNnaji1) May 31, 2020
However, the movie star has since come under heavy fire from social media users for saying that “women live in constant fear of men”
Genevieve was slammed repeatedly by the online community for generalizing the issue, with some fearful that her words risk igniting a different hate campaign against men.
See for yourself below:
Now it's about men. It isn't about the incivility of a pack of pricks anymore. It's become about men. I'm a man and not a rapist. My father is one too and has never raped anyone. My kid brothers are men and we are not rapists. These generalizations breed nothing but hate.
— Uwaoma Wisdom Uche (@IamUwaomaWisdom) May 31, 2020
This isn't a war with men
The individuals responsible needs to be dealt with thoroughly
It's an animalistic behaviour that should be condemned and the perpetrators brought to book
Nevertheless don't turn this to a gender war. A lot of men also suffer in the hands if women
— SpiritNerd (@SpiritNerd) May 31, 2020
You don't build a philosophy or an ideology based on a personal experience. Mary would have written a book titled 'You Don't need men to conceive'.
Not all men/women are evil
I stand for Justice!
— Igwe John (@IgweJoohn) May 31, 2020
Constant fear of men❌❌ please ma, don't generalize..
— Sir Green↗️ (@GreenSunday4) May 31, 2020
Constant fear of men????
This is so sad and totally unacceptable…..maybe. all the men you have come across, excluding of course dbanj ejanla
— ese rere….. (@Alfred_Uvoh) May 31, 2020
The foolishness and stupidity of a few is not enough to generalize. The number of good men out there out weighs the bad. Before putting all MEN in the same frame of "evil" , think about all your loved ones and close allys who fall under this gender & are not evil. Think.
— Folarin Salami (@FolarinSalam) May 31, 2020
Madam it’s not about all men! Some are out there with bad intentions while some are not so do not put it on everyone
— kingdou (@kingdou4) May 31, 2020
She’s not saying all men are bad or rapist. She’s saying that because of these rapist, women are scared of men in general. A man might just be walking behind you at night and actually not have any bad intentions but as a woman, you know you have to start walking fast. FEAR !
— PRINCESS OLEWUEZI (@adauezi) May 31, 2020
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