- Zodwa Wabantu caused a lot of upset with her remarks about gay men on her show, Zodwa Uncensored
- Many people called for the show to be cancelled and taken off the air
- This is not what made Zodwa apologise - it was the calls from her friends that opened her eyes
After making comments about gay people on her show that had a lot of people upset, Zodwa Wabantu has apologised to her fans and Mzansi.
People were so upset that they were calling for her show, Zodwa Uncensored, to be cancelled as this is where she made the comments.
However, it wasn't the uproar and calls for boycott that made Zodwa ask for forgiveness - it was phone calls from her friends.
It was her friends that made her realise that the comments she made were hurtful and demeaning towards gay people.
According to TimesLIVE, Zodwa did not understand at first how what she said could have been taken as homophobic, but a friend helped her see just how wrong she was.
"Like I said, I am not homophobic, I just didn't know. When I said what I said, I was in no way thinking that the comments would hurt my people or even encourage other people to hurt them.
"I don't want to see people hurt because of words I said. I walk around half naked and I wouldn't want to be harassed or raped, I also don't want any of that for them.
"I swear to God, I never meant it in a harmful way but I'll do better."
Moja Love, the channel that airs Zodwa Uncensored, had also issued an apology to their viewers, as reported on by Briefly.co.za.
The channel has promised to inform their talent and provide them with the tools to behave in a more aware manner in the future.
"We convey our sincere and profound regret ... that these utterances have caused. We have placed internal measures to ensure that such an incident does not occur in the future.
"Our channel talent will be given the proper tools and guidelines to enable them to understand the various dynamics that make up our society."
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