Independent Online

Friday, August 19, 2022

Like us on FacebookFollow us on TwitterView weather by locationView market indicators

#PoeticLicence: MacG’s Podcast straight out of the Bible

Writer and poet Rabbie Serumula. File image.

Writer and poet Rabbie Serumula. File image.

Published Mar 7, 2022


Johannesburg - I am a Pan Africanist and I am a Chiller.

I can tell you for free that even the worst critics of Podcast and Chill with MacG would agree that the latest episode of South Africa’s biggest podcast was a thing straight out of the final book of the New Testament. The final book of the Christian Bible.

Story continues below Advertisement

I am aware this may be blasphemous and that Christians may hold me liable.

I mean, what is freedom of expression in a fear-based culture?

The same culture that would cancel Jesus if his Second Coming came today.

Story continues below Advertisement

My experience with Podcast and Chill says the above line is how you set up Sol Phenduka, MacG’s co-host, to drop a sex pun about Jesus on the spot.

A Christian who would see a short clip of this “blasphemous” pun has the right to be offended.

But before starting a petition to cancel the podcast, they have an obligation to watch the entire episode. Perhaps I am alluding to context.

Story continues below Advertisement

But I will tell you again for free that if you are squeamish, you may not stomach going through five minutes of listening or watching MacG clowning and Sol waxing lyrical.

The internet is always in a state of change. It is a dynamic entity.

Perhaps if you are offended, Podcast and Chill is just not your cup of tea.

Story continues below Advertisement

Heck, not everybody drinks, neither likes tea!

But you can't take anti-tea rhetoric from coffee-shop revolutionaries talking a lot of nothing, sitting across a table from armchair politicians.

When you tune into or at a comedy show, you have consented to being “offended” at some level.

Should the same not apply to a YouTube channel?

I don't take away from people whose tears are justified. Who have been legitimately offended by what was said about them on the Podcast. It is those that cry wolf that baffle me.

The latest instalment of Podcast and Chill with Nhlanhla Lux was a revelation. A thing straight out of the final book of the New Testament. The final book of the Christian Bible.

I have never heard the subject of a borderless Africa so eloquently. Even before colonisers hit our shores, we had borders. Not in a physical form, but by right of way based on mutual respect and recognition, said Lux. It is evident in how we are hotwired to greet. “Madume ga fele”. In the tongue of my mother, may she continue resting in peace, this means you should never tire to greet. It is your soul recognising that of another. Recognition breeds respect.

I recognise Nhlanhla Lux. I recognise every young black mind destined to inspire. Inspiration is subjective. You can say hello to a group, not everyone will be happy. That’s okay too.

The Saturday Star