‘Bad Comments’ tackles social media pressure, bullying

A movie, ‘Bad Comments’, which mirrors the life of celebrities and how their careers can be at the mercy of propaganda circulated by social media trolls was recently screened to the media.

The flick which stars Jim Iyke, Chiwetalu Agu, Patience Ozokwor, Osas Ighodaro, Ini Edo, Timaya, Young John and Sharon Ooja is a fusion of drama and thriller, with a blend of momentary comedic reliefs.

The movie follows the life of a film star, Frank Orji (Iyke), whose flourishing career crashed following an edited video clip of him in a fight finding its way to the internet. The once-beloved actor becomes an object of ridicule as friends, colleagues and business associates disassociate themselves from him.

Speaking on what inspired the story, the movie’s director, Moses Inwang, said, “This film was partly inspired by our friend’s experience – a notable celebrity. He was devastated by the impact of a troll’s attack on social media and we pondered on what a possible reaction would be. I hinted Jim Iyke about it and he took interest in it. I first spoke to Jim about the idea in an elevator while returning to our rooms after a hectic day on set. Months later, he called me up to ask about it and that was when I recognized that there was potential in the story because Jim is not easily fascinated.”

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