Ashwin Willemse - Social media reactions
Former Springbok wing Ashwin Willemse’s storming off a live SuperSport set on Saturday has elicited a deluge of comments on Twitter.
Willemse stormed out of the the SuperSport studios after a disagreement with Nick Mallet and Naas Botha on Saturday.
This happened after the Lions had beaten the Brumbies 42-24 in a Super Rugby match at Ellis Park.
It is not clear what led to Willemse's unhappiness‚ but it was reported that the former Springbok and Lions winger had spoken of being labelled a "quota player" and refused to be patronised by individuals who played in the apartheid/segregated era.
Botha is a former Springbok flyhalf who represented the national team 28 times between 1980 and 1992.
Mallett‚ who coached the Springboks between 1997 and 2000‚ played two tests for the Boks in 1984.
Journalist and broadcaster Bongani Bingwa was among those who weighed in about the incident.
Below is Bingwa’s reaction‚ along with several others.
Poor Ashwin. It's going to be said he overreacted. But the truth is there isn't always explicit evidence when you feel undermined, it’s a feeling, a vibe that you get. And then there’s the matter of proving it. YOU have to justify your reaction to it. #AshwinWillemse— Bongani Bingwa - Broadcast Journalist (@bonglez) May 19, 2018
What Ashwin Willemse addressed is something many people of colour experience. It’s a subtle undermining and condescending approach that is difficult to prove, but you know it when you experience it. Then you’re accused of ‘having a chip on your shoulder.’ pic.twitter.com/bMS3KcVeZG— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) May 20, 2018
This is both fantastic and tragic because Mallet and Naas needed to be called out, but @Ashwinwillemse is precisely the kind of person we need in that studio - a black rugby man who can speak his mind because he isn't dependent on a Supersport salary. #ASHWINWILLEMSE pic.twitter.com/YhWFIlRZNW— RSA Minister Of Sport 2034 (@Chulu_Mac) May 19, 2018
We can speculate, we can (but have no right to) judge, we can have our own opinion, but in the end #Ashwinwillemse must have been provoked to such an extent that he needed to express his outrage on live on #Supersport... Hang in there Ashwin pic.twitter.com/Cfh3LSygHq— Jonathan Levin (@Gawiesnr) May 19, 2018
When a person of colour speaks out like Ashwin Willemse just did about how our history has shaped their lives the only legitimate response from white SA, as far as this puppet is concerned, is to listen and reflect deeply before responding.— #PuppetGuy at Monte until 27 May (@chestermissing) May 19, 2018
Naas and Nick had the rugby table set for them at the exclusion of many Black players , @Ashwinwillemse is the rose that grew from concrete, he is the embodiment of every player that never got a chance to play despite being talented enough 2 play at highest level.— Gayton McKenzie (@G_XCON) May 20, 2018