Idols SA judge Unathi Nkayi has swallowed her pride, realised mistake, and apologised shortly after she jokingly made tribalistic sentiments about Xhosa.
In the comments that invited her a backlash, the Idols SA judge made suggestive remarks that implied that the Xhosa are being lazy of holding up the nation.
Her sentiments pitted her in a ‘tag of war' against many followers, who accused her of being a tribalist, the move saw her regretting making the sentiments, and admitted that she was wrong and that she shouldn’t have made the joke.
Unathi had to face ‘the music' for her rant, as angry Twitter followers lambasted her on Sunday night following the comments she had made during the Idols SA live show.
Her remarks came after she had congratulated one of the finalists, Luyolo Yiba, who gave a top notch performance on the show.
Unathi said: "On behalf of the Xhosa people, we are tired of holding up the nation."
She then went on to mention a few South African Xhosa people who had climbed the ladder of success and achieved greatness, among them Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi, herself for becoming an author and then eventually Luyolo.
"We are happy to have someone from the Eastern Cape in the finale," she said.
Her sentiments following Luyolo’s stellar performance went far and wide, and tweeps jumped in, accused her of tribalism and of trying to divide the rainbow nation, along tribal lines.
Many demanded an apology from her, and threatened to boycott the show if she does not swallow her pride, and ‘say I am sorry.’
In a short space of time, her name shot to the summit of Twitter trends list. Unathi took to the social-media platform to explain that she was simply trying to carry on a joke that had been ‘passed around' lately.
"It saddens me that I have broken so many hearts with what I said tonight. What I saw was a beautiful joke being passed around this past week by so many South Africans not necessarily Xhosa and wanted to share," she said.
She then went on to say that she had indeed erred by doing so and apologised to all those who were offended.
Many took to social media to express their disapproval of what she had said; called her to order, and chided Unathi for being biased.