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THE hoohah around Jennifer Hudson playing Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is mild compared with the brouhaha over new Miss SA Nicole Flint.
Ever since the news broke over Hudson playing SA's most powerful and popular woman, camps have been split. Some feel she will not do justice to the part or language - or is stealing the job from a local actress.
I appreciate these concerns but feel we have not fully explored the debate.
It would be nice to find a young actress whose looks come close to Mandela's timeless beauty - a woman as stubborn, fiery and compassionate. Somebody who speaks the language and is not prone to losing the idiom. Some things are better said in your own language.
This would have been ideal because she would have been a local girl and that means the money would have stayed at home.
While we hero worship and literally live and die for Americans, they don't share the sentiment - nor do they return the compliment.
On the other hand, if you are a businessman you want a return on your money. In that case the hook with the magnetic pull is Jennifer Hudson.
We should wait and see whether she pulls it off. I am not sure why we are getting all het up before the movie has even been released. Personally I am more interested in Mama Mandela's own views on the matter.
The media worships everything that is American. People go on about the equity of music and films on radio and TV, but it's not happening. We emulate US dress, the latest cars and even their slang, which is embarrassing.
A movie with an American lead is to be expected. If we are serious about changing the game plan let us push our own and not wait for them to be caught with their pants down before we remember who they are and what they have to offer society.
Until we love and respect ourselves enough not to put each other down when we enjoy a bit of power, we are not in a position to pontificate, or kanjani .
lMy beef with Flint was her cool attitude when her name was called. She behaved as though she already knew and the announcement was a mere formality.