South Africans have taken to social media to question Zodwa Wabantu’s comments on the conduct of homosexuals following Saturday night’s episode of her reality TV show Zodwa Wabantu: Uncensored. While she was turning heads at the Durban July with her dress, her episode was airing, leaving some viewers questioning whether she had just exposed her alleged homophobia.
As she was highlighting the stereotypical characteristics of homosexual men, Zodwa said: “Gay people are naughty. Name a gay person in the industry who has never fought with a girl. They are convinced that they have a vagina, they have a penis. We have vaginas. We accommodate you guys so that you feel that you get to wear makeup. When we talk about me, you’ll get a chance too.”
The social media streets have not been kind to her following the comments.
Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela wrote: “You teach people how to treat you. Ya’ll worship hetero celebs too much! We are the only country in the world that has a LGBTQI awards event that literally serves to praise straight people for just being famous. People who have done nothing for the community. And you ban gays!” While actor Nokuthula Mavuso said: “Before a show goes on air, the tape goes through so many people for approval. Nobody, absolutely nobody thought ‘this is not it,’? @MojaLoveTv and Zodwa Uncensored should also be called out.”
However, there were those who defended Zodwa Wabantu, listing her carefree personality and “limited vocabulary” as possible contributors to her uncensored comment, which did not necessarily mean she was homophobic, they argued.
Twitter user @SinazoNcanywa wrote: “When it comes to racism and homophobia in this country people are quick to react. I don’t think Zodwa is homophobic she just made an [insensitive] remark as far as gays are concerned,” while @NdlunkuluBae said: “Lol ba painelwa. She spoke the truth moes (sic). I don’t see anything wrong with what she said and there was no hate speech whatsoever #ZodwaUncensored.”
These were some of the reactions on social media:
Hate speech starts with these kinds of attention-seeking histrionics.
Zodwa just set feminism back a good couple decades.
— Suntosh Pillay (@suntoshpillay) July 7, 2019
I assume Zodwa was being homophobic in an innocent way. She seems to get along well with gays #ZodwaUncensored
— Vincent (@Da_Vince2) July 6, 2019
— Sghub'Samatsheketshe (@FloydGambino) July 6, 2019
Zodwa’s comment about gay people was very rude. #ZodwaUncensored
— Karabo Mokgoko 🦄 (@Karabo_Mokgoko) July 6, 2019
Why y'all are talking Zodwa is Right
— Bong'musa Khumalo (@BongmusaKat26) July 7, 2019
— ABAFANA AMAPIANO REMIX NOW OUT (@kaecy_music) July 8, 2019
Problem with people is you only support others when is beneficial, Zodwa’s views towards Men who date Men shouldn’t stop you from supporting her or women who date women. I might have different opinion about the same issue and still support zodwa.
— ghanndie (@ghanndiel) July 8, 2019
The people who understand that Zodwa wa Bantu wasn’t homophobic and have a retarded explanation for it are trashier than Zodwa. They have normalized homophobia in their circles so calling Zodwa wa Bantu out reminds them that they’re trashy humans. Also her VDJ dress was ugly.
— Dumi Gwebu Edits (@dumigwebu) July 7, 2019