The ongoing topic around “opening up the entertainment industry in South Africa” got Twitter into a frenzy after a video of a young woman bashing Somizi went viral.
Radio and television presenter Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung found himself topping the trend list on Tuesday following an “Open letter to Somizi" post, which got tweeps into a heated debate.
In the video clip posted by @kulanicool on Monday, the aspiring “actress” spoke out against local celebrities bagging all the jobs in the industry.
“It’s been two months since I wanted to say this, today I plucked up the courage to say it, here goes. This topic is very disheartening, I would like to address our local celebrities.
"I’ve been to several auditions and I know I’m not the only one, who would wake up at 4am, only to get rejected.”
She continued naming celebrities such as Somizi, who would get the roles they didn't even audition for.
“Somizi is everywhere...on TV. Take Kelly Khumalo for example, she’s focused on her musical career, giving other people to flourish in other avenues. But you will find Somizi on Idols SA...he’s also on radio, then he’s got his own reality show, no man, please give others a chance. What are you doing on Metro FM, give us a chance, please,” she added.
She continued to come for Somizi, even talking about his wealth and endorsements.
“He’s forever boasting about his wealth on TV. The other days he said he will erect a talking tombstone for his father. The tombstone will have sensors too," she said.
Open letter to Somizi pic.twitter.com/nlylQ8FILL— K U L A N I (@kulanicool) May 18, 2020
Before long, fans jumped to the "Idols SA" judge's defence, stating that he is talented and is getting all the jobs and endorsements because he worked hard all these years.
Below are some of the reactions.
The was a time when Somizi had no show,no income,nothing whatsoever.I guess it's his time & season to shine.Can't take that away!Her time will come,she must keep pushing. It's like business, there r companies that get businesses left & right coz it's their time & season. Patience pic.twitter.com/raxkXcs3yO
— Motho wa Modimo (@MModimo) May 19, 2020
Somizi has been through it all. He did not become a sensation over night. Everything aside, he is a natural entertainer. Love him 🥰🥰🥰
— Mrs Nurkovic'👸 (@zwide_thande) May 19, 2020
Wait your turn girl. All careers reach PEAK TIME. Somizi got his bigbreak at age 40 following years of hardship, including unsuccessful auditions.
Should he decline offers when GOD just said YES???
— Bongane Brilliant (@kgwari) May 19, 2020
@somizi I think Somizi is one of the hardworking people I know. When he was down and out, he came back with a bang and haters shut their mouth. He is versatile, he stretches himself like nobody's business. He looks for opportunities and being head hunted at the same time.
— Tee (@Tee71266422) May 19, 2020
People confuse this "opening up the industry" thing with hardwork. Some people work to get to where they are and they cannot sit and stop providing for their families just because they will get shamed. Somizi doesn't just get opportunities, he works for them.
— angella (@angella80993745) May 19, 2020