Zodwa Wabantu (Instagram)
Zodwa Wabantu is not only making waves for her revealing Durban July outfit but also for her ugly homophobic comments this past weekend.
Wabantu, who is known for her skimpy ensembles, turned heads at the annual event on Saturday thanks to her barely-there little black number, (instantly putting her on various “worst-dressed” lists).
But the 33-year-old entertainer’s sense of style should be the least of our concerns. That same night, in an episode of her Moja Love DSTV reality show, Zodwa Wabantu: Uncensored, she lashed out at her gay wedding designer.
Wabantu made a series of comments stereotyping gay men as bitchy, difficult and with delusions of wanting to be women. She added that people simply tolerate them.
“Gay people are naughty,” she said. “Name a gay person in the industry who has never fought with a girl. They are convinced that they have a vagina [but] they have a penis. We have vaginas.”
Wabantu continued: “We accommodate you guys, you get to wear makeup. When we talk about men you get a chance too…”
Many viewers took to social media to slam Wabantu for her offensive statements. “Don’t endorse this uneducated, limited and highly stereotypical perspective,” tweeted @ThutoMA. “She clearly doesn’t know the difference between sexuality and gender expression. And also, she is very heteronormative and a firm believer in gender roles.”
Irvin Pooe (@Irvinpooe) wrote: “‘We accommodate you guys’ basically translates to…we are just doing you a favour by letting you be a part of our society, you have no place in our society. We still have a long to go wow…’
Bongani (@Bongani_MV) added: “Actually the more I think about this, the more annoyed I am. This is hate speech. I’m emailing BCCSA! Even Moja Love shows still gotta abide by the rules. How was this not edited out? Nxha!!”
Others, however, found no fault with Wabantu’s comments and said she was simply being her “unfiltered” self. Some also, predictably, used the opportunity to vent their own homophobic views.
Wabantu had previously been regarded as a friend to the LGBTQ community. In 2017, she won the Drama Queen of the Year award at the 9th Feather Awards, which honours LGBTQ and allied celebrities. She also performed at the high profile event.