Local media personalities Pearl Thusi and Anele Mdoda came under fire after they shared their views about the ongoing “be kind” debate following Riky Rick’s passing.
Mzansi was left in shock after the news broke of the “Sondela” hitmaker’s untimely death.
The rapper’s family confirmed his passing in a statement and said:
“The family of South African artist Riky Rick with profound sadness this afternoon, confirmed his untimely passing.
“Son, husband, father, brother and uncle, Riky ‘Ricky’ Makhado (34) sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning (February 23) in Johannesburg.”
Following this, a debate regarding mental health, since Riky was open about suffering from chronic depression and the impact cyberbullying contributes to it, was ignited.
And while some Twitters users urged people to be kinder on the internet, others explained that just being kind isn’t enough when it comes to helping someone deal with a mental illness.
“Depression is a chronic illness, just like diabetes. Kindness is wonderful.
“But it will not help people with chronic illnesses to manage their condition.
“They need treatment and support,” shared @KarynMaughan.
Depression is a chronic illness, just like diabetes.— Karyn Maughan (@karynmaughan) February 23, 2022
Kindness is wonderful.
But it will not help people with chronic illnesses to manage their condition.
They need treatment and support.
“The ’be kind’ rhetoric, while well-intentioned, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of mental health struggle, its causes and treatments.
”Depression is not a circumstantial illness. If only it were that simple,“ said @Pearloysias.
The “be kind” rhetoric, while well intentioned, shows a fundamental misunderstanding of mental health struggle, its causes and treatments. Depression is not a circumstantial illness. If only it were that simple.— Pearl Boshomane (@Pearloysias) February 23, 2022
The “Fistfull of Vengeance” star also weighed in on the debate and said: “When the bullying happens.
“I for one can say I’ve heard seriously dark thoughts and I’m still not sure how I survived and overcame them.
“Mainly it’s knowing that people who say hurtful things are usually in a darker place where no one matters including themselves.”
When the bullying happens I for one can say I’ve heard seriously dark thoughts and I’m still not sure how I survived and overcame them.— Pearl Thusi (@PearlThusi) February 23, 2022
Mainly it’s knowing that people who say hurtful things are usually in a darker place where no one matters including themselves. 💔
Tweeps took issue with her statement since Pearl has been accused of being a bully herself.
so now go reflect on YOUR bullying which has perpetrated GBV too sisi. https://t.co/gDm5UqCSIf— Mrs Blake (@___Yiskah) February 23, 2022
Honestly there's very little as tasteless as trying to use a family's tragedy to advocate for your right to be a bigot without question or consequence. This really ain't it Ma. https://t.co/RTuFKVQqrM— Sisa (@TheTitanBaddie) February 23, 2022
Pearl really can make anything a defense forget partaking in violently unsavoury behaviour online and being called out on it.— EIC (@Temptingtony__) February 23, 2022
You happily Kiki'd at a black woman being called ugly.
You used your platform to bully an abuse victim you didn't like.
You don't get to do this. https://t.co/Pm7DytwAQF
You out of all people, no no no. You one of the best models of cyber bullying. You have no right to use this to push your agenda. Go apologize to @ntsikimazwai and learn to stop being a hypocrite.— Tshepang Maphalla (@TshepangMaphal3) February 24, 2022
Not impressed at all. Actions speak louder than words mfazi https://t.co/wKvKQK54Ry
Right?— Titney Spears (@PettyPastry) February 23, 2022
Now imagine bullying someone about their abusive ex and kiki'ing with said abusive ex about the abuse he did.
Or, imagine laughing when hordes of men camp in the mentions of a dark-skinned musician and torment her to the point of her having to deactivate her account. https://t.co/bYLhr5Puvx
Anele, the “Celebrity Game Night” host, also shared her thoughts and said: “But carry on guys. Carry on like you do.”
But carry on guys. Carry on like you do.— Anele Mdoda (@Anele) February 23, 2022
This tweet also garnered negative responses from local tweets, specifically about her ongoing one-sided beef with Kelly Rowland.
Didn't you literally call another woman unattractive? On Twitter? https://t.co/JTW2JtN1g2— sway (@thicknsavage) February 23, 2022
When ever the twitter community calls out some of YOU SA celebs for your passive aggressive, prejudice and insensitive tweets, YOU call them bullies. Do you ever look at how YOU bully others? Yes there are toxic people on this app and that includes YOU. But carry on… https://t.co/ktgRqQCu9i— Keamogetse Khumo🇿🇦🇹🇹 (@Khumo_Badbadu) February 23, 2022
You have no right to utter those words Anele, you the biggest culprit. https://t.co/Os7PusKH6U— Ndoda (@Mshumpela_) February 23, 2022
One of the biggest bullies said something 👇 https://t.co/wLBVcVnQht— Jenny moesie Oliphant (@Jenny_Oliphant1) February 24, 2022
In 2020, Riky spoke openly about suffering from chronic depression on an episode of his podcast series “LAB LIVE” with Yanga Chief after his dad died.
“I lost my father at a time when I needed the help. I lost him at a time when I needed that voice. A lot of people don’t understand that you can never replace the voice of a father. When he passed away, I was so angry, so upset,” he said.
Sharing that he would swing between depression and anger, which would manifest in his music, and he would take it out on others in the industry, he said: “My depression took form in being angry at the guys who were doing it.”