On January 16, 2016 popular blogger Linda Ikeji was entangled in what can be called the ‘Birkin bags controversy’.
Linda Ikeji posted her newest bags, 2 Hermes Birkin bags that took her eight months to buy. She shared pictures of the expensive bags and more than a few Instagram users said the bags were fake.
The controversy dragged on all night which saw Linda Ikeji strongly deny that she bought fake bags.
Today (February 18, 2016) Nollywood filmmaker Charles Novia has written his thoughts about the whole issue.
You can read it below;
“Let’s go back to the ‘Birkin-ning’ of this story.
I keep reading comments online made by some people who technically miss the point. Those folks think that how one wishes to spend one’s money and on what is one ‘s prerogative and none should have opinions on such actions.
I agree to an extent. Your money is your money. But these days, when you post your acquisitions and indiscretions on social media, you automatically lose the right of privacy because that post you put up about what you have acquired is akin to calling for more scrutiny in your private affairs.
Perhaps the tone of the comments should be less vitriolic in most cases but Hey!; not everyone has tact or decorum in expressing themselves. Social media platforms have trolls and demons as well as angels and saints. You chose what you will.
Zoning it down to celebrity acquisitions in Nigeria, I actually think it is insensitive of anyone right now, in the present and moderate economic realities in Nigeria, to flaunt private expenses in public for whatever reason. To what end? Nigerian celebrities, more often than not, are a lot ridden with poverty mentalities and persecution complex.
What kind of money do those of them who flaunt expensive wrist watches and shoes and bags even have? Why do they think they ‘need to greed’ for them to gain more respect from the public? The lives of these celebrities are more aspirational than inspirational. And when anyone with hindsight comes out to point out these infractions, he or she is labelled a ‘hater’. Amusing.
I keep saying that our tax authorities should really go after those celebrities who flaunt their ‘wealth’ on social media. Elsewhere, artistes think twice about showing their acquisitions to the public because of the tax guys but here they don’t give a hoot. All that should change.
No one is struggling your money with you. No one says you shouldn’t enjoy your life but your right to be a showoff ends where the other’s right to be incensed begins. It’s bad enough the life of lies and doctored public perceptions many celebrities live.
Let’s Birkin to be a bit modest too!”
Apart from making movies Charles Novia is known to be a social critic.
Last October he criticized Cynthia Morgan for her distasteful picture of her smoking and holding a baby.