Kaya in 'discussions' with comedian Skhumba over body-shaming protesters
Kaya FM have responded to calls for the station to fire Skhumba Hlophe after comments he made about topless protesters at Wits earlier this week‚ saying that it was discussing matters with the comedian.
An online petition was laucnhed on Thursday‚ demanding that the station remove the comedian from its line-up until he publicly apologised for body-shaming three protesters‚ who had gone topless during #FeesMustFall protest at Wits earlier in the week.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE on Thursday‚ Kaya FM publicist Mmathabo Tladi confirmed that the station had received a complaint about Skhumba and that there were discussions on a way forward.
“Kaya FM acknowledges that a complaint was received. We are signatories of the code of conduct of the BCCSA. We will have an official response as soon as we have discussed the matter with Skhumba‚” Mmathabo said.
The petition had amassed over 3 000 signatures by Thursday evening‚ with scores of social media users flooding Twitter with their thoughts on the situation.
Skhumba has since responded to the social media storm‚ apologising to anybody he has offended.
“The worst thing in life is to be misunderstood. I would like to say to all the women that were affected‚ I would really like to apologise...If it sits wrong with you I am really sorry and I hope we find a way forward from this‚” Skhumba said in an Instagram video.
The trouble started on Tuesday after the comedian uploaded a video of himself calling the women’s behaviour “distasteful”.
“Please don’t show your boobs. When a boob shows‚ it should like a tennis (ball). These females are showing hanging boobs that look like wet all-stars without shoe laces. Others have big tummies with silver stripes‚” he said at the time.
WATCH: Skhumba blasts 'haters' over body-shaming backlash
In a video shared on social media funnyman Skhumba Hlope has slammed ‘haters’ who took aim at him for body-shaming topless Wits protesters earlier this week.
'Leave him alone' Celebs defend Skhumba in body-shaming scandal
Some of South Africa’s most famous faces have come out to defend Skhumba Hlophe after the comedian body-shamed topless protesters at Wits this week.
But it seems that Skhumba has more than a few friends in his corner.
Many of his fans responded to the Twitter storm by defending their idol‚ using the hashtag #HandsOffSkhumba.
Skhumba also found high-profile personalities in his corner including Anele Mdoda‚ who told people to “leave Skhumba alone“.
Her opinion was shared by TV personality Zola Hashatsi‚ who took to Instagram to say that he would not have apologised if he was Skhumba and that the comedian’s critics were “missing the point“.
“Skhumba I would not apologise if I was you but I am not you and I just viewed your video (and you did apologise) and big ups. They are missing the point. We are fighting for them‚” Zola wrote.
Loyiso Gola also made his feelings known‚ telling his followers that Skhumba was the funniest man he knows.
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