Singer Desire Luzinda, famously known for her bedroom antics than her music has come out to strongly speak against torrential social media taunts, abuses and bullying directed towards fellow singer Chozen Becky.
Becky, a fat rising young artiste has in the recent past been subjected to endless taunts and online abuses due to her nose, which online bloggers brandish as ‘ugly’.
The “Bankuza” singer has had to deal with the insults and taunts that didn’t seem to end, which some say will drag down her morale and self esteem.
Key among those people that have spoken so strongly against this abuse is singer Desire Luzinda who was also a victim of social media taunts and insults after her sex tape was leaked online by her Nigerian ex- boyfriend.
Luzinda, having had to go into hiding to shy away from the negative reception the video received, says she understands how Chozen Becky feels.
As a result, she has penned a touching critique to those social media bullies who have taunted people and ruined their careers in the name of having fun.
Below is Desire Luzinda’s full statement;
RISE-AND-ACT CALL ON CYBER BULLYING
I stumbled on this picture that I found in my Facebook news feeds and I was disturbed ( note that it is the first time ).
Cyber bullying is a growing problem because of increasing usage and embrace of online interactivity. I am talking about internet congregate mediums like Snapchat, Facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, Instagram, tick tock, YouTube, Pintetest and others.
I AM sure some, if not all of you have experienced internet fights. Others launch diss-grenades against others and we are negligently docile enough to think it is fashionable. It is NOT!
The misuse of social media is on fast rise.
It is sad that we all think if we want to relieve stress, pass time… We should go to social media instead of using these platforms to do business and congregate for much healthy motives.
A good international instance is of Demi Lovato, who has suffered personally at the hands of bullies and online trolls, but it was the suicide of Phoebe Prince in 2010 which inspired her to pen a letter for Seventeen magazine urging young people to stop tormenting others.
Well, I am not missioned to teach you how to RIGHTLY use social media, I am no saint.
Ate Nekirala, being a celebrity does not make one immune from the power of cyberbullies – as some pop stars discovered for themselves, when they became targets of the trolls.
Some of us have been bullied and talked to so many piercing words and we have grown thick skin and we have managed to persevere, but what about those that do not have thick skin ??
The picture below is of Chosen Becky, a fast rising home artiste. She is an 18 year old who is trying to be somebody. Then you wonder at someone that chose to pick and capitalise on her God modelled ‘nose’ and put her down forgetting there will always be someone richer, someone prettier, someone who dresses better than the other and so is the world we live in, we cannot be the same.
There’s absolutely no need to focus on such demeaning features to put someone down.
People have lost self esteem because of social media remarks, our brothers and sisters have lost their lives, their dreams, themselves… Name it.
Until you are a victim, you would never understand how this feels fatal. We do not have to wait to fall victims to rise or act.
What does it cost you to LOVE, to support one another, to mind your own business??
It starts with you in civil society organisations, academia, churches and political leadership to build on the ongoing conversation around cyber-bullying to make this world a better place.
_ Desire Luzinda _