Model in k-word controversy
WARNING: OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE - Jessica Leandra tweeted her racist views after an altercation at a supermarket
She later apologised and removed the tweet, saying it was an outburst of anger and a stand against sexual harassment.
2OceansVibe reports that in another post on Twitter, she referred to "rude African monkeys" after an unexplained incident at an Engen garage. This has now also been removed.
She is described as a 20-year-old from Johannesburg whose achievements include being winner of the 2011 FHM models competition, brand ambassador for the Kim Kardashian Quick Trim range in SA, 2 Love My Lips SA and Little Eden Charity Home.
Here are her latest antics, in her own words...
This was her k-word racist rant: "Just took on an arrogant and disrepectful k***** inside Spar. Should have punched him".
And here's her 'apology':
DOWN WITH RACISM:
Sapa reports that Jessica Leandra tried to explain her actions on her blog.
“I tweeted rather irresponsibly about an incident I encountered last night [Thursday], using a harsh and unkind word about the gentleman who had confronted me with sexual remarks and sounds,” she wrote.
“While most of you would enjoy the opportunity to throw a few vicious words at me, please do understand that I was acting in pure anger and frustration at the time and although we know this is no excuse, it is a lesson learnt and again, I am sincerely apologetic.”
FHM South Africa also took to Twitter to voice its distaste at Leandra’s comment, stating: “We’re horrified any1 would say such things! Those attitudes have no place in society or FHM!”.
QuickTrim SA, one her sponsors, tweeted: “Due to the severity of the remarks by #JessicaLeandra #QuickTrimSA herewith ends our sponsorship to her with immediate effect!”
Despite Leandra’s apology, South Africa’s Twitter community was not happy.
Columnist Mabine Seabe wrote on the social networking site that he had lodged a complaint with the SA Human Rights Commission. “I have lodged a complaint against Jessica Leandra with the Human Rights Commission on the basis of crimen injuria and libel. #DownWithRacism,” he wrote. “SAHRC Acknowledges my complaint against Jessica Leandra #DownWithRacism.”
Another twitter user wrote: “Jessica Leandra has apologised on her blog. Darling, even if your mangling of language was acceptable, your disgusting racism is not”.
Democratic Alliance national spokesman Mmusi Maimane wrote on twitter: “Just heard about racist tweets from Jessica Leandra. Not good enough to say you were angry. Racism can never be justified #DownWithRacism”.
Another user tweeted: “Dear Jessica Leandra, deleting a tweet does not make you any less racist. You made the mistake of publicly announcing you are, deal with it.”
Another tweet read: “Sad to see this still happening in SA”.
“Dear Jessica, when your apology has excuses, it’s no longer an apology,” another tweet read.