Speaking on their alleged role in motivating youths to go into ritual killings, the President of Theatre Arts and Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria (TAMPAN), Bolaji Amusan, aka Mr Latin, said bad parenting and government should be blamed for increasing money rituals among the youths.
He pointed out that for every money ritual in a Nollywood movie, there is always a consequence that serves as a deterrent for viewers.
Amusan said: “Those who are pointing accusing fingers at us, that’s their own thinking. I have never seen a movie that anybody will do rituals without consequences. And our movies are being categorized 15, 18, PG. If it is categorised as 15, it means if you are not older than 15 you can’t watch it. If it is 18, it means if you are not older than 18, you can’t watch it.
“Can you say it is because American actors are shooting in their movie that’s why crimes are rampant in America? No. It is the society, parents and government. They have neglected a lot of things. Some parents are not even taking care of their children. A 17-year-old will come home with a car and the parents will not ask him where he gets the car from.
“You watch a movie halfway and you are telling us it is those people that are celebrating crimes. Why don’t you watch the movie to the end to know what happened to the person who played the role?” he asked.
He, however, promised that movies makers and actors would continue to play their roles as a mirror of the society in propagating morals and values in the country.
“This is an era of social media and definitely we have to play our roles as the mirror of the society to correct what’s wrong and live a very worthy life worthy of emulation,” Amusan said.