- The parody account, Man's Not Barry Roux has over 500 000 followers on Twitter
- Social media praises and condemns his blunt and open commentary on political events
- He was anonymous for years, but now his identity has been revealed as Csho Chilala
Social media users finally have a face to place alongside the popular name, @AdvBarryRoux. The satirical parody Twitter account, Man’s Not Barry Roux has been shaking up South Africa, providing critical and humorous commentary for its thousands of followers anonymously. That is until now, Briefly.co.za learned.
The account reportedly belongs to Csho "Shepard" Chilala, a 27 year-old blogger from Zambia. Shepard is active on most trending social media platforms, like Instagram and Facebook and Periscope and these accounts were used to track down the Commander-in-Chief of Black Twitter.
We first heard his voice when he was interviewed as @AsvBarryRoux early last year and now, we have a face to match, thanks to the selfie mode on his camera turning on during a video he recorded
The immensely popular Twitter account began as a parody during the trial of Oscar Pistorius, which made the real Adv. Barry Roux a South African sensation, owing to his keen legal ability and stern demeanour which gave South Africans something to titter about during the tough and over-publicised trial.
The account has since served as a watchdog for South Africans, providing weekly commentary, holding the power elite in the country to account. Even though Shepard’s identity was not known at the time, his tweet came to be both respected and despised by social media users, thankful to have a voice that speaks about political issues bluntly and without restrictions.
Although its popularity cannot be denied, the account hasn't always been in good favour with South Africans, as many detested his coarseness and of course, unverified information which is often incorrect, biased or harmful.
Just recently, Briefly.co.za, wrote about the Twitter account being suspended by the platform which often suspends accounts that they believe threaten the safety of other users.
Social media users couldn't wait to discuss the new revelation and immediately took to Twitter. Many users found it ironic that the man commenting on South African politics was actually Zambian.
Others were glad his identity is now public because they felt people who have been "slandered" by him could finally lay an official complaint.
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