Phat Joe returned to the airwaves this week after a two-week-long suspension and his first point of order was to apologise to the queer community for his offensive comments
Unfortunately, not everyone is buying his apology.
Phat Joe was “unscheduled” from his broadcasting duties on Radio 2000 earlier this month after offending his listeners with his comments on gay men. The controversial DJ was responding to Zodwa Wabantu’s drama (she single-handedly offended the entire male South African gay community) but his thoughts on the matter only served to further aggravate the situation.
The SABC was forced to take action after the DJ was quoted as saying, “I don’t understand why [gays] can’t accept that it’s difficult for most people to accept their lifestyle”, before claiming that he did not understand why gay men had to be “flamboyant like women”.
The comments caused an immediate uproar and the Phat Joe and the Family presenter was hooked from the microphone within 24 hours.
After a slap on the wrist and two weeks in the proverbial naughty corner, Phat Joe returned to radio and before commencing with his regular broadcasting, the DJ took a moment to apologise to everybody he had offended with his comments.
SABC spokesperson, Vuyo Mthembu confirmed the conditions of Phat Joe’s return, saying, “I can confirm that Phat Joe is back on air and he has apologised for the comments he made.”
While he did say sorry, many people are questioning the authenticity of his apology
A number of fans took to social media to call out the DJ for what sounded like a very scripted “sorry” to the gay community. One user wrote on Facebook:
“How about they stop playing the Phat Joe apology clip? It’s so pathetic and even a fool can hear that he is apologising because he has to.
“He was doing it to save his job. It is not coming from the heart,”
Twitter users weren’t fooled either:
— 🇿🇦KumkaniSolomon💦🇮🇹 (@_magakwe_) July 29, 2019
As for Phat Joe himself, it has been business as usual since his return to the limelight although, considering his history of being fired and/or suspended for edgy and offensive commentary, one wonders how much longer he’ll be on the airwaves. All4women