Three of Mzansi’s biggest TV stars all took to Twitter to share their experiences of being judged for shopping at ‘regular’ stores despite their celebrity status
Gabisile Tshabalala, Kgomotso Christopher and Pasi Koetle took a moment to relate to the stares and judgement they often receive when they are spotted shopping at stores and malls that non celebrities have access to.
For some reason, there’s a belief in South Africa that famous people have to shop at places that are beyond reach and beyond our usual budgets. Gabisile wasted no time in busting this myth when she revealed that just because she is an actor on screen that shouldn’t mean that she has to continue keeping up appearances in real life.
Little did she know that other on-screen personalities would relate to her when she said, I don’t ever wanna live a lie. My acting should stop on screen.
I won’t act rich when I’m not just to impress people who don’t even know me, so don’t be surprised if u see me in a taxi, or pep, or komachineng. I’m living MY life
Scandal! star, Pasi Koetle chimed in by sharing a recent experience where she received awkward looks from a complete stranger who didn’t approve of her decision to shop at Pep Stores – despite the fact that she appears on television every single weekday.
Some lady looked at me a tshega because I was buying baby clothes ko Pep . I asked her Keng are “PEP hae go tswanele. https://t.co/ZoQQaBxwAL
— Mapaseka Koetle-Nyokong (@Pasi_Koetle) June 6, 2019
When given the opportunity to suggest why she (and other TV stars) are subjected to this kind of scrutiny, Kgomotso admitted that some ‘famous’ people simply don’t subscribe to the ‘celebrity’ status that we often place on them.