The naked girl is not me – Lydia Forson

A naked photo purported to be that of popular actress Lydia Forson turned out to be that of Rosie Queen, a webcam sex worker.
On Thursday evening the naked photo went viral on WhatsApp, with a lot of people circulating it and arguing over whether it was the respected African actress or just a product of photoshop. It was not clear who actually started sharing the photo but it was obvious that it caused a lot of uproar in the movie industry and also in the actress’ family.
On Friday the outspoken actress reacted to those who actually believed it was her, saying it wasn’t her but admitted that the naked lady bore striking resemblance to her.
Later Friday evening, it turned out that it was a photo of Rosie Queen, a webcam sex worker.
Below is a statement issued on Lydia Forson’s website Friday morning:
Hi Everyone,
Usually I don’t like to dignify stupidity with a response, but clearly not everyone shares the same sentiments.
For hours all morning I’ve been on the phone trying to assure people I’m ok and this isn’t me. However, the more calls I receive the more I realise perhaps people don’t know me as well as I think they should. And more than anything, it is that that makes me sad.
See, when things like this happen, I’m forced to believe that what’s wrong with Ghana isn’t its leaders, but its people, how easily manipulated we can be and how unwilling we are to search for the truth or even think for ourselves.
Around mid-night I got a message from a friend claiming there was a naked picture of me circulating. Now you have to understand that each time I hear something like this I’m not too surprised. In 2010 a similar incident happened and nearly five years down the line we all found out on live radio that a few individuals thought it would be nice to defame someone’s character.
Anyway, back to the message. I told her it wasn’t me and she was quick to say, “Your breasts are even smaller kraaa.” We laughed about it and moved on. Perhaps I was naive in thinking people were smart enough to know it wasn’t me.
Hours later my phone was bombarded with calls from family, “friends”, media and you name it. I went back to look at the picture and although the lady in question looked like me, I couldn’t understand why no one could tell it wasn’t me? Seriously!
A friend attempted to say maybe the picture was photoshopped, but I refuse to hide behind that excuse because it will only encourage the notion that the picture is indeed of me.
So here’s the thing: the picture is probably real and the lady in question bears a striking resemblance to me, which shouldn’t be so strange because we all have a look-alike or more somewhere. She has an amazing body and she has no problem flaunting it. However, I wouldn’t want to take credit for her work.
But dear fellow Ghanaians, if this doesn’t say a lot about who we are as a people, then I don’t know what does. We are so quick and eager to spread any story without stopping to think, “Is this even true?” The delight we take in tearing people down not only worries me, but scares me a little.
The people who started this story clearly know what type of people we are and you all played right into their trap. They knew a lot of people would be all so eager to share the picture with their friends without so much of a thought. They know by allowing you to “Guess which Ghanaian Actress This Is”, they cannot be held accountable for your speculations.
This thing didn’t start with me, and it won’t end with me either, because as long as we refuse to think and allow ourselves to be controlled by our desire to tear people down, the story will go on.
I DARE the site to name me as the lady in this picture, and I can bet my whole life that they can’t.
If we want this stupidity to end, we need to stop being so gullible. To my REAL fans, friends and family, thanks for the support through this. To everyone else, if you didn’t like me then, nothing is going to make you like me now and that’s how the world goes.
Source: Daily Guide

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