Although the video was fictional it shone a light on the recent slay queen craze that has cropped up. Twitter users couldn’t decide if they were more shocked by the girl’s openness and pride when they talked about the things they have to do when securing the bag in Dubai or the amount of money and benefits they claimed to bring back from their trips.
Their reactions had everything from shock‚ to straight admiration to sympathy and disgust.
SowetanLIVE spoke to Jackie Phamotse author of the book Bare (The Blessers Game) which is a fictional account of how a young woman is enticed by the lifestyle of blessers and blesses.
It emerged after our interview with Phamotse that the video was a skit.
Phamotse expressed that after seeing the video she thought the young ladies appeared delusional and were not aware of the type of message they were communicating to other young girls.
" I was just annoyed; I don’t want to lie because it’s these types of conversations that perpetuate the whole sugar daddy trend. And people think it’s just glamourous shopping sprees, making money out of sleeping with older men. I mean I don’t even think for one second that a person will literally give you a million rand just for being,” she said.
She also noted that she’s not sure if the claim of a million rand was properly investigated before it was shared with the public.
“It just perpetuates the idea of people getting into these relationships thinking that they can score millions, I was upset that it’s sending the wrong message and making it sound so lively and a beautiful thing to do,” she went on further.
The author states that the young women engaging in this lifestyle are also exposing themselves to many dangers. Dangers such as human trafficking, rape, exposure to STIs and HIV\AIDS.
“It opens up a channel for trade prostitution where other girls, who find it difficult to get into the circle of sugar daddies, start selling themselves on social media.”