Simphiwe Ncongwana accused of colourism. Images via Instagram @simphiwecongwane @karabo.nkuna.
A clip of news anchor Simphiwe Ncongwana’s “colourist” comment on SABC2’s Morning Live has resurfaced, fueling a colourism debate on social media platforms Facebook and Twitter over the last few days.
‘LIGHT SKIN IS MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL’
In a clip shared to Twitter, the news anchor is seen wrapping up a virtual interview with make-up artist Karabo Nkuna and artist Portia Hlongwane, who portrayed the beauty of light and dark skin, using makeup.
Here is a look at the pair’s portrayal of light and dark skin.
Although the duo were supporting the “dark skin is beautiful” movement, the news anchor seemed to have minced his words as he called light skin “much more” beautiful than dark skin.
“Ladies, we thank you so much for your time and well done for so beautifully depicting and representing both narratives that dark skin is beautiful and light skin is much more beautiful,” said Ncongwana on Morning Live.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
The clip dates back to 15 August 2020, when it was originally shared to Twitter.
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SOCIAL MEDIA USERS REACT TO ‘COLOURIST’ COMMENT
The clip has since resurfaced to Facebook, where social media users are labeling his remarks “colourist”. Colourism is the act of discriminating against dark skinned individuals, which takes place between or within the same racial or ethnic group.
“This is colorism. Why isn’t this guy being cancelled?,” asked Lawrence Mashiyane.
“I’ve been telling my friend that I don’t like this guy’s comments. Too sarcastic,” wrote Phumla Samkelisiwe Mazibuko.
“He meant exactly what he said, you can see he also bleached his skin????????????????????,” wrote Clerence Black.
While others defended the news anchor, saying it could have been a mistake as English is not his mother tongue.
“I think that was a subconscious mistake. A cross wire of thoughts. He was trying to say that “both skin types are beautiful contrary to the narrative that light skin is much more beautiful,” wrote Brownielove Mike.
“He wanted to say “It’s also just as much” English!!!,” wrote Aaron Londoloza Ngwane Ngcobo.
“English never loved us ????????????ladies response “thank you so much” they obviously so hyp to be on tv even forgot what they promoting,” wrote Queen B Omuhle.
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