Responding to Ditsie, the Feathers said: "With respect to social media utterances condemning the Feathers, we find them unfortunate, and can categorically state that they are not founded in any kind of reality.
"Since its inception in 2008, the Feathers Awards have evolved to celebrate, empower and educate all in SA about the LGBTIQ+ community."
Meanwhile, on Wednesday another scandal around the awards started to brew. After disqualifying model Tumi Seeco and actor Thabang Molaba in the hunk of the year category last week, it caused confusion by using Molaba's image on its official Instagram page to promote the awards.
The Feathers have apologised for the error. Molaba declined to comment.