Discussing homosexuality in South Africa can get nasty especially when it’s done on social media but SA Idol Khaya Mthethwa decided to do it anyway.
Khaya was only trying to engage his female fans on Twitter with a topic on sexuality. However, he wasn’t ready for what he got in return.
Overwhelmed by curiosity, the singer took to Twitter to ask his female fans if they would date a straight guy “who was gay”.
Ok can I ask; Ladies would u date a guy who was gay and now is straight!? If yes why & if not why not?
— Khaya Mthethwa (@khayamthethwa) February 3, 2017
In other words, he is under the impression that gay people can at a point, decide to go straight. Accordingly, he is eager to know if women will feel comfortable dating a guy like that.
Though the question seems innocent enough, some of his followers quickly twisted it against him.
Here are some of the feedback he got;
Some fans actually answered his question accordingly, giving reasons why they would or would not date a gay-man-turned-straight.
@khayamthethwa I think it requires a special kind of grace because it takes a serious renewal of the mind and grace. Accepting him as he is
— kop_raasery (@kop_raasery) February 3, 2017
@khayamthethwa I don't think anyone can be gay and then straight. To answer your question, yes I would date a bisexual man. Ts&Cs apply.
— Sinovuyo (@Cnovuyo_M) February 3, 2017
@khayamthethwa sexuality is fluid. Who you were with before me – male, female, non-binary gendered, trans, etc – does not matter to me.
— Tree Fel 👩🏾💻 (@mys_Tree) February 3, 2017
@khayamthethwa Haha…. NOPE…A Leopard never changes its spots and some habits do not stop over night… Angifune after 9 arrangements!
— SiphoosethuMd (@SiphoosethuMd) February 3, 2017
@khayamthethwa God forbid!!! How desperate can I be as a woman? That guy would have broken the code PERIOD!!!
— Miss Percy (@PercyZuma1) February 3, 2017
Also, while some users accused him of discriminating against gay people, some others poked fun at his idea that one can easily turn from being gay to being straight.
— #SweetSexySavage (@keaobaka899) February 3, 2017
The term is bisexual. But hey, y'all just ask questions. Screw knowing about the subject and screw marginalising people 😊😑 https://t.co/VuGlwrhiQ4
— @caterforall (@Slayvuyile) February 3, 2017
@khayamthethwa there no such thing as "was gay". Its not something you just decide to stop doing
— Dee (@DTshinyani) February 3, 2017
@khayamthethwa isn't that guy bisexual though, ay Khaya don't you people get tired of terrorizing other people all because of sexuality. Ay
— Bobo West (@OkkerBobo) February 3, 2017
Another Twitter user blatantly told Khaya where to get the answers to his questions;
Ask Jessica Nkosi or Nomzamo Mbatha why they dated you, since you wanna know sweetie. https://t.co/JmNWqiqBM0
— stargirl (@King_Alu) February 3, 2017
Notably, SA Idol Khaya Mthethwa was romantically linked to actress and TV personality Nomzamo Mbatha. Again, he was reportedly about to pay lobola for his partner, TV personality Jessica Nkosi, last year before the two called it quits.
Media personality Somizi Mhlongo made headlines in January after visibly walking away from a sermon at Grace Bible Church targeting gay people and subsequently ranting about it on Twitter. Somizi expressed his disappointment after a guest pastor shamed gay people during his sermon.
Thus, in a series of videos, the Idols judge shared how he walked out of the church service when a Ghanaian bishop Dag Heward-Mills slammed homosexuality. He made it clear that he’s gay and proud.
“I’m not going to sit there and listen to people offend me, this is who I am! I am a gay man! Get it straight into your skull, my soul is alright with my God. Let me deal with my God, with my soul.” said Somizi in the video.