Idols SA Black Winner Drama


Loud mouthed Idols judge, Gareth Cliff, seems to have put his foot in it, again. This time however he has caused a stir with some rather “fair' comment when he said; ''I'm going to tell you something very controversial now. A lot of people will agree; a lot of people will disagree. This year my money is on a black winner”. Many Idols fans and viewers seem to have been offended by his utterance and have bombarded Mnet with emails complaining about Gareth Cliff's statement.

Ok, fair enough Idols or any show on SA tv for that matter should not be about race but talent only. The reality however is totally different. 


Who are we kidding? Better yet, who is Mnet trying to fool? Race in SA is still a big issue in this country. We might not be fighting amongst each other about it but it's there. As a South African you know that BLACK people buy DRUM magazine and WHITE people buy YOU Magazine. 

It's a fact and you can not deny it. When it comes to tv most black people watch SABC shows whilst our “other” fellow South Africans watch American shows on DSTV. Does this mean all black people watch black shows only? NO, as is the case with our white South Africans. However when it comes to voting the rules change. 


Take Class Act for instance; Greg and Steve had a disadvantage from the word GO! They were white in a black channel show. As much as we can try and sugar coat it that is a fact. 

Greg had no chance of beating Muzi and Sdumo. Had it not been for the judges awarding him immunity 2 times in a row he would have left the show sooner than he did even with his massive talent.

S'posh

For Mnet to now claim that Idols is about talent only and not race is misleading and a bit hypoctitical. Though Gareth's words may be a bit premature they are totally on point. This season of Idols has some really talented singers but the BLACK contestants have really stepped up. 

That Bongi boy irritates me with his jajarag-ness but he is really good as an artist. He is an all-round performer while Sindi is just a gem. I am not taking anything form the whiteys as they too have really brought the house down BUT if the votes were really only about talent and not race or the channel then Sposh would still be on the show.



Boki, Sindi, Zinhle

I love Madiba but I think his whole notion that we can all live together as one without any racial issues was a bit too ambitious. The idea of a rainbow nation is noble and though commendable it is still not practical. Things like race, language, ethnicity and class are still a major factor in our social interaction and it would disingenuous of anyone to try and pretend otherwise. 

Bongi

Would there be a BLACK Idols winner this year? Maybe, I mean who would have thought that the most racist country in the world, USA would have a black president.

Yeah I know he is not totally black but as Wanda Sykes puts it “ He is our black president for now until he fucks up then he will be THAT HALF WHITE GUY”


Mzansi is still a long way from being colour blind when it comes to race. We still have White celebs and Black celebs. We still have BLACK media and WHITE media coverage. 

We still have BLACK award shows and WHITE award shows. Of course, we have the power to turn the tide and having a black Idols winner might be a step in the right direction in that regard.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Mhhh... nice read.Absolutely on point!!!

Lele said...

When is your show starting? I love your honesty. I hope you can be as real as this on tv too.

This is absolutely true. We can't pretend that we are all the same and support each other. I know that if I am going to spend my money to vote I will most likely feel compelled to vote for a black person because I am black.

Blaq Fan said...

Dude I don't know if you saw on TVSA that some guy Sipho Xolisa is trying to be you.

Be proud coz you have made a mark even new guys are copying your fresh approach to interviews.

Big up ntwana

Anonymous said...

"""" The idea of a rainbow nation is noble and though commendable it is still not practical. Things like race, language, ethnicity and class are still a major factor in our social interaction and it would disingenuous of anyone to try and pretend otherwise. """""

I love that paragraph. It says so much about our country

GML said...

BLaq: Atleast Garreth warned that he was going to say something controversial lol.

I only watch idols for the auditions thereafter I loose interest completely

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