For making fun of Wits half-naked protesters, comedian Skhumba has rendered a public apology saying he was “misunderstood”.
His apology comes after a petition was launched to have him removed from Kaya FM for his derogatory comments. The latest #FeesMustFall movement took a rather strange turn on Tuesday when three Wits students decided to stop the attack on fellow students by baring their breasts for all to see. The footage quickly went viral and this did not go down well with comedian Skhumba.
The latest #FeesMustFall movement took a rather strange turn on Tuesday when three Wits students decided to stop the attack on fellow students by baring their breasts for all to see. The footage quickly went viral and this did not go down well with comedian Skhumba.
The comedian took to Instagram to say that while he identifies with #FeesMustFall protests, he found it distasteful that some women had to show their breasts during the recent demonstration. In a short clip in Zulu, he pointed out that the boobs which were on display were not looking nice at all.
“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 went on to say that the students look like “grannies”
As a result, Twitter was set ablaze after his comments went viral, leading to an online petition. The petition cried out to Kaya FM to remove Skhumba from its radio slot for ‘body-shaming’ the topless female Wits students. The petition has since garnered countless signatures from across the country.
While the storm is still gathering on the internet, Skhumba took to Instagram to share another video. this time apologizing to all women.
“I’m sorry to everyone that I’ve offended. No harm was meant on that video I respect women and again I’m really sorry from the bottom of my heart… I hope u find it in ur heart to forgive me,” comedian Skhumba said.
“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 apologize. If it sits wrong with you, I am really sorry and I hope we find a way forward from this,” he added.