Pearl Thusi. Picture: Instagram
Pearl Thusi. Picture: Instagram

WATCH: Pearl Thusi cries while defending being light-skinned

By Entertainment Reporter Time of article published Oct 15, 2020

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Media personality Pearl Thusi found herself at the top of the trends list after a video of her speaking about colourism surfaced on Twitter.

The video is a clip from the recent episode of “Behind the Story” in which Khanyi Mbau was a guest. In the episode, Pearl and Khanyi address many issues, including Khanyi bleaching her skin and colourism.

In the virtual episode, Pearl goes on to speak about Twitter’s ‘mob mentality’ and how she has had to deal with attacks from people on social media regarding colourism.

In August, Pearl got on the wrong side of many social media users when she posted a picture of herself and captioned it “Brown skin girl... skin just like pearl’s”, in reference to Beyoncé’s hit, “Brown Skin Girl” which many believe was made in celebration of dark skin black women.

In the clip, Pearl said that the problem was not with light-skinned people.

“Yes there are privileges but let’s also look around and see who is giving those privileges to them (light-skinned black people) and why those privileges exist in the first place.

“You can’t take those people because they are easy to abuse, and they are in your community and accessible and say they think they are better because they are light-skinned”, she said.

The “Queen Sono” star said that going back to the source was necessary.

“Let’s go back to the source of why we have an identity crisis and why we look different.

“We are supposed to be on the same side as a country, as a people and as a race. I am not the enemy, I can’t change how I look and if I did you’d still be mad”.

“Let me live my life, live yours, I have worked very hard for what I have and if my light skin is going to help me feed my kids and that’s what you want to believe, then you know what, believe it but I am really exhausted”, she said before crying.

Khanyi responded to Pearl saying she was sorry she felt that way and that she felt Pearl needed to heal.

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Tweeps weren’t impressed with her explanation and shared their thoughts about Pearl’s reaction to the criticism.

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