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MultiChoice pulls transgender teen show “I am Jazz” after Public Outcry

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MultiChoice Nigeria has pulled “I am Jazz” from its schedule. This was after public outcry including an online petition from subscribers who did not believe that the story of a transgender child was appropriate for Nigerian audiences.

Below is the company’s official statement;

MultiChoice Nigeria is aware of the concerns raised by our viewers across various platforms, about the airing of “I am Jazz”, the story of a transgender child scheduled to show on TLC, DStv channel 172 on 27 October 2015.

After careful consideration and wide consultation from various stakeholders, MultiChoice informs its esteemed subscribers that the mini-series, “I am Jazz” has been pulled off the schedule.

We regularly assess the impact our content have on our customers and we reassure them that their interests are always considered.

However, we take comfort in knowing that our decoders are encrypted with the parental control feature that empowers parents with ultimate control over what their children view. We also encourage parents to make use of this feature as much as possible to ensure that their children only watch what their parents deem appropriate.

I Am Jazz is an American reality television series on TLC about a (now 15 year old) transgender girl called Jazz Jennings. Jazz Jennings, a South Florida teen, was assigned male at birth. Aged 5, Jennings was diagnosed with gender dysphoria in childhood, making her one of the youngest publicly documented people to be identified as gender dysphoric. Her parents, Greg and Jeanette, decided to support her female gender identity by her fifth birthday.

I Am Jazz focuses on the “Jennings” family (the surname “Jennings” is a pseudonym, and any reference to the family’s exact location is obscured) and their day-to-day lives. Jazz, who is about to go into high school, grapples with the usual teen angst in addition to her own challenges as a transgender girl. Her family, which includes her three siblings, parents and grandparents, also talk about their experiences.

41 Comments

  1. poison ivy

    October 26, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Yes oooo,
    I follow sign the petition.
    Evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

    • Manny

      October 26, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Bruno is coming for all of you

  2. Eve

    October 26, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Thank God. Watched the programme in the UK total rubbish

  3. Hello Kitty

    October 26, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    “was assigned male by birth” I swear these oyinbo people can be so stupid. And as for DSTV, you people can block any word relating to God and Jesus but will air such nonsense? Hediots.

    • sisi alero

      October 26, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      @hello kitty, my thoughts exactly! “was assigned male by birth”… what does that even mean??? soon, they will decide to make babies genderless, not defined by their physical characteristics, then they can “assign” them to be male, female, shemale, hedonkey, shehorse, table, chair or whatever their “you can be whatever you want to be” society wants them to be!! Unbelieveable!

  4. AlabamaUncut Blog

    October 26, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    LMAO! One Voice Naija…

  5. Dunni

    October 26, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Please can we also sign a petition telling these DSTV people that ‘GOD’ is not offensive to us so therefore shouldnt be blocked.

    • Ifybaby

      October 26, 2015 at 5:53 pm

      Wish I could like this comment twice.

    • Ama

      October 26, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      Please start the petition and post the link here and we will all sign it

    • molarah

      October 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      I think the reason they censor the words “God” and “Jesus” is because majority of the time these words are spoken on TV, they are used as swear words, thus in a blasphemous context. Given that, it’s preferred they keep the the censor that way.

    • Thank You JESUS.

      October 27, 2015 at 4:58 am

      @ molarah, Nonsense. Nonsense. Don’t believe it. I’ve watched movies on dstv that had a church storyline i.e. they were centred around a church and its members, a church community, or a pastor and his family and flock, as well as even movies that were done/written/produced/directed by churches, or Christians deliberately with a Christianity/Gospel message/theme, yet, all these had “GOD”, “JESUS”, “THE HOLY SPIRIT” blanked out, they were not being used as cusswords, they blanked them out even when the pastors were preaching and said them. How foolish and ridiculous can people get and make themselves look? Yet, in so many other tv drama series, comedy, movies, etc, characters say the names of gods of other religions from the arab world to Asia, China, and they never see fit to blank those out, no matter how they’re said; and their other so-called reason that they don’t want to offend atheists also seems to be conveniently forgotten in those cases; I guess the ‘atheists’ and Hollywood and Multichoice all only recognise the GOD of the Christians as GOD then.

  6. Tobore

    October 26, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    I have watched the program here in Canada and I must say I am AMAZED and short of words on the kind of message they are giving to everyone not just children. It would be hard to raise children in these part of the world that deem it fit to air it. God help us.

  7. tinuke

    October 26, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    everyone of you will know what “was assigned male by birth” when you or someone close to know gives birth to a transgender or someone who isn’t heterosexual.
    that when you will know what it means.

    you can say God forbid. rebuke it as much as you want. it happens. its closer than we think.

    • karol

      October 26, 2015 at 6:50 pm

      What are you talking about? You are the one who will experience such and not us cos we are firm believers in God and how he makes us. We are not assigned please…we are all beautifully and wonderfully made in HIS image. our God does not make mistakes so no matter what these so called ‘civilized oyibo’ people do to convince us otherwise, we shall remain steadfast. As for dstv and their long grammar about parental control facilities of the decoder, WE DONT CARE. We do not want such programming and will sign such petitions to make programmes like that unprofitable for them to produce for our part of the world. More power to the people….#soproud

    • Nigerians Sef

      October 27, 2015 at 3:47 am

      LMAO… Please stick your head out of your rear. You sound nuts!

    • Tinuke

      October 27, 2015 at 3:57 am

      Keep quoting the bible. If you were made in God’s image then I don’t want to worship your God. So judgmental. ..
      While you are quotin the bible pls find where you will wash your hands off the blood of young people comitting suicide because they are forced to live in a world with bigots and homophobse like you. This same God that you are created in his image created these same LGBTQ people in his own image too. You aren’t more special than them. Nigerians -you all stay steady loosing your way with the bible…

    • Amir Khan

      November 4, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Please dear, nothing human is amphibious when it comes to gender. You either have “pencil” ✎ or the “sharpener”… if for one or more reasons the genitalia is ambiguous at birth, karyotyping is the way out and not some retarded nomenclature of “transgender ” as though the individual is evolving from one gender into the other.
      Most embarrassing is the fact that these “retards” have the technology to easily do a karyotyping n the baby.
      And don’t get it twisted, they’re only using it as a smoke screen for a bigger agenda….
      Hope you know they’ve pressured us on gay rights severally…
      They’re only trying to desensitize us and make those “psychiatric patients” accepted as normal in the society…
      The story of Lot: Soddom and Gomorrah isn’t far away….

  8. Paul

    October 26, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Good riddance!

  9. Paul

    October 26, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Good riddance

  10. Divaclan

    October 26, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    Imagine! Teens being encouraged to be transgenders ??? Rubbish!

  11. Abayo

    October 26, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    Nigerians and bigotry. SMH

    • Lance Lancelot

      October 30, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Yes! We love our country like that. Go look for anus elsewhere.

  12. lami

    October 26, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Thank God for this.

  13. Nene

    October 26, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    Psheeeeew!!!! I am Jazz ko! I am Sango/Amadioha niii!

  14. Debol

    October 26, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    What of “I am Cait”??

  15. good

    October 26, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    Supported.

    However, let’s extend this to all other aspects of life. Lots of people are weird in different ways not just sexual. We need to go soft, accept people and make them go back TO THE NORMAL.

    Any other thing short of that will lead to more evils being perpetuated in our society.

    Let’s be frank, not everyone is perfect but THEY CAN BE through GOD.

    Lack of perfection could be financial.

    That could lead people to social exclusion like in this case, think of countless children butchered by ritual killers for money.

    There needs to be an active acceptance of those who are peculiar,not so tha they can be more off the way but to help with the emotional power to become better.

    My aunt died at child birth. Her child is still feeling it till today.

    Don’t let pain cloud mercy and compassion. People are suffering directly and indirectly because of this. Also, it is nicer to keep one’s pains in GOD’s hands, HE keeps them, transforms them, they never waste. Night represents foreskin and represents sin and everything bad with our world.

    Don’t allow the night of this world exclude other people’s children because it would never be godly. If there is a problem, there is a proble. It is not wrong to have a problem. It is right to solve it or look for help. It is wrong to promote the problem.

    There are people without sex out there in Nigeria.

    Show them love, the right way and the only way.

    Without love, there is nothing left.

  16. good

    October 27, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Everyone can be ‘not usual’ in some way-financial, mental, spiritual, emotional-let’s accept this forever.

    Such people e.g. the poor ones are part of the peopel raping children for money right now in the country.

    When children are taught intolerance, they show it throughout their lifetime. When a child is born into to financially-poor parents, they target only cash throughout their lifetime.

    There needs to be a strong tolerance message out there: alongside african message of morals and redemption.

    There is a strong follwing culture in the country, we need to make chidlren, youths, anyone feel okay about being queer but not remain that way. Obviously, the only way out is to stick to GOD for a miracle or they could go for surgery.

    Tolerance is so important and love. Even if it is only one person that does not have gender in the country, just one person, don’t be aprt of the people that will put that person in hell.

    Where they can see those enjoying in heaven but never ever get there and will never get there; after all they faced on earth. Pls, don’t do it. Don’t put anyone in hell because of lack of love or because of intolerance. Pls, it could be you. Don’t do it. Eternity is too too precious to be used in hell because of ninety miserable years on earth!

  17. Shannie

    October 27, 2015 at 12:18 am

    Can you imagine if all of the people in Nigeria were this dedicated to eradicating crime, poverty, ignorance, and sexism?

    It would be a totally different place. I hope people will be this dedicated to getting rid of the things in society that are important to nurture the environment that they live in. Things that truly matter.

    A show based on a transgender teenager is given so much public outcry…………..I really hope that people will be this outraged at the continued conditions in the society that they live in…..

    • Krasavitsa

      October 27, 2015 at 7:49 am

      You deserve a million likes for this comment! Before body dysmorphism will eat into our society,corruption would have finished it. Why can’t we all sign a petition to eliminate the real problems of Nigeria?

    • Krasavitsa

      October 27, 2015 at 8:25 am

      Sorry, Gender dysphoria not body dysmorphism

    • Amir Khan

      November 4, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Do you have any link(genuine) we can petition online? And see what happens?

  18. Idomagirl

    October 27, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Will DSTv also pull I Am Cait from E! Atink all na transgender?

  19. YAWN

    October 27, 2015 at 3:45 am

    LMAO @ all these “holy” comments. Abeg what are you righteous people doing on social media and a site like this? Una no say “evil” and “unholy” things fill everywhere including BN? Una no dey see the scantily clad pics they post sometimes? Or the “unholy” articles? Yeye people. Abeg if una wan claim holiness, make una start by getting off the net cuz even daft monkey no sabi filthy things don finish for internet and you all know y’ll partake in those things from time to time. So keep pretending that a show about a transgender is sinful while committing abominations and sinning for closet. Lmao. Sorry people.

  20. ATL's finest

    October 27, 2015 at 5:26 am

    Whala.. Abeg DSTV answer ur people too. As for Jazz hmm good luck in ur journey cuz I CNT recall when last I watched TLC after the Rollofs let alone knowing about this show.. At d age of 5, aren’t kids suppose to be playing with dolls & cooking “Emababa”? It is well smh

  21. *curious*

    October 27, 2015 at 6:03 am

    hmm…thank you Jesus!
    One must really remain alert as a Christian. Not just that….we also have to stay active in all aspects of society.

  22. We're worth it.

    October 27, 2015 at 6:44 am

    They should also end their airing of all shows that glamorise or present as a normal acceptable lifestyle, or in a positive light, the homosexual and LGBTQ, etc lifestyle and issues and persons, and that includes sanctions for all media, traditional and digital, blogs, magazines, everything that does the same, even if reposting from places like Instagram photos of gender-confused and confusing persons, men dressed as women, wearing women’s makeup, women’s high-heeled shoes, wearing long braids and weaves and extensions, posturing and contorting their bodies in poses like women, in various stages of nudity. HOMOSEXUALITY IS A CRIME IN NIGERIA, BEING AN ACCESSORY TO IT IS A CRIME, AIDING AND ABETTING IT IS A CRIME: THAT IS THE NIGERIAN CONSTITUTION AND LAW OF THIS COUNTRY. Therefore, whoever, and whatever organisation, and any kind of media that aids and abets/promotes that lifestyle, act and persons should be made to end such promotion and features, and in the face of unrepentant disobedience, be made to face sanctions, and if after sanctions, still persists, should be closed down, prosecuted and made to face the full wrath and force of the law. We do not need that kind of ‘civilisation’ and ‘progress’ and ‘enlightenment’. We will fight for this country. We will fight for its future. We will fight for the souls and destinies of ourselves, our children, our loved ones. And we will always win. For GOD is for us.

  23. ENNY**

    October 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Multichoice, please pull “I am cait” also. If we pay the money we should be able to choose what we want to see on TV. Rubbish!

    • Poeple are jelious of Jazz

      October 27, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      If you don’t like it than don’t watch it. I would love a show like I am Jazz. Find something more to do with your time. Being negative and criticizing and judgemental to a young girl is pathetic. So if you don’t like it than don’t watch it. But not everyone is so shallow and has othing better to do other than try to make other people’s lives as misrable as your own. So startworring about yourself.change the channel. And if everyone were as rude and not picky as you than everyone would vote to ban you.

    • Lance Lancelot

      October 30, 2015 at 11:36 pm

      It’s the responsibility of every good citizen to fight again anything that can influence are children negatively. You homosexuals and transgender should leave a
      our Nigeria for us; go to where you will be allowed to do rubbish.

  24. Alaba

    October 27, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Your generalisations on these ‘holy’ commenters is funny. If all you come online to do is surf crap, it is your business. In the same way, it is the business of those who do not want certain programmes aired to petition against it. If you didn’t mind this programme, you could have raised a petition to keep it as well and garnered signatures. I am sure the petition with the most signatures would win. Lets not judge people by our own standards

  25. Complaints

    January 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    No matter how this disappointing dstv can be so defensive i will never support the censorship of worsds like God, Jesus and all those similar ones. Dispite on how they are pronounced or used, those words can never be offensive for them to be barred but i’m so disapointed in dstv for behaving such evil. Sis!

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