-The hashtag #OpenUpTheIndustry has many SA celebrities up in arms, defending themselves about why they should not work on bettering themselves.
- Some think the mainstream celebs are being selfish and don't want the younger generations to grow in the industry
- Or is it that the younger generation want success to just fall in their laps without having to work for it
Over the last couple of days, #OpenUpTheIndustry has been trending on Twitter. Many people have come forward saying they are tired of seeing the same big names in the industry on radio and tv also perform as MCs at live gigs. They prefer the entertainment industry provide opportunities for fresh new talents.
Award-winning TV presenter, Lerato Kganyago, took to Twtiter and questioned tweeps that if Rihanna could be a singer, actress and model, why couldn't South African celebs do the same?
Other celebrities, including Thando Thabethe, Pearl Thusi, Boity and Thembisa Mdoda. This conversation did its rounds once before too, in 2016.
Earlier this week Thando Thabethe came to the aid of Pearl Thusi after she was appointed as roast master on Comedy Central's Roast of AKA.
Tweeps felt that it was unfair that she was chosen and it was probably for her popularity then she was chosen. They called for the industry to look at fresh talent.
Thando Thabethe responded to the tweet and went on to say that today's "entitled generation" expected gigs to just fall on their laps. She made it very clear that she still auditioned for gigs.
Here are some of the tweets that called for young artists to get their opportunity.
But there are a few, who feel that the strike should be against the industry itself and not the celebs, for they don't make up the industry, they are just employees like everyone else.
But there are many Mzansi celebs who are and have been opening up the industry for young talent. Gigi Lamayne is just one of them.
Briefly.co.za reported about the singer planning her one-woman show, The Gigi Gang Show.
The show, which is set to make its debut in May, is promised to be one of the best shows this year. Why? Because she will be plugging up coming artists on her show. She said the focus will not be about well known faces in the industry but provide a platform for new artists to shine on stage.
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