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article imageKimmel’s 'demeaning' video sparks outrage among Kenyans

By Robin Okuthe     Feb 13, 2013 in World
Nairobi - Jimmy Kimmel’s controversial video of Kenyans reading American celebrity tweets has triggered emotive responses from Kenyans both at home and overseas.
Late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel featured Kenyans reading American celebrity tweets. The video clip, recorded by US-based production team 10 Min Fix crew, primarily intended to be humorous received backlash from Kenyans.
The two-minute clip has gone viral in Kenya receiving over 3,140 views in less than 24 hours.
Kimmel’s introductory remarks has received criticisms where he stated that there is no Twitter in Kenya; while many others criticized the clip for patronising Kenyans.
“So offended by this I am a Kenyan who can testify that: 1. We have internet, 2. We have Twitter. I'm such a fan of Jimmy Kimmel, that it upsets me that he would play this knowing that he has so many fans, not just in the States but across the world” commented June Mutahi.
The show was further condemned for perpetuating stereotypes about Africa.
“I'm Kenyan and I know how to use YouTube, and I also have a Twitter account. You people should stop assuming people in Africa are still running around in loin clothes, have no knowledge of the internet and can't speak proper English!” remarked Jonathan Content.
Jade Jela commented: “Dude, President Obama addressed us online just the other day. We have internet. I agree that we did not have internet 50 years ago when we got our independence. I can bet Jimmy that I have signed to more social sites than you. I have a degree in IT. I basically know and use more internet than you do.”
“In Kenya internet is more on mobile phones, right now Kenyan universities have internet that clocks 13 MB/s n in my opinion that’s really fast for a uni with 17000-21,000 students average. At home people use modems which is the only backward part of Kenyan internet, Maxwell Iragu.
Amid the rants, some lashed out at Kenyans for being “overly too sensitive.”
“OMG Kenyans, take a joke. They make fun of their own people too...? You guys are overly too sensitive,” said Ian Waweru.
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