- Helen Zille's recent comments regarding #MenAreTrash have caused a stir on social media
- Zille questioned how people using the hashtag could "generalise about all men"
- While some agreed with the former DA leader, many slammed her for the comments
Former DA leader and Western Cape premier Helen Zille has once again courted controversy on social media.
This time, it was over Zille's comments regarding #MenAreTrash.
"How can you generalise about all men?" she tweeted. "Focus on those who rape. Most men I know don't."
Zille's post came in response to a social media user who had tweeted, "You men get so butthurt and defensive when we say 'men are trash'. You are trash."
Another user weighed in on the thread, to which Zille replied, "If all men are trash because they have the potential to rape, and if it is so hard to identify actual rapists, arrest them all!
"Who needs the rule of law and due process when we can easily prove that someone is biologically capable of rape?" she added.
This triggered a number of reactions, many of which slammed Zille's comments. Durban comedian Bob Perfect, for example, described Zille as a "Right Wing Granny".
Another social media user replied, "Jesus Helen. You are so out of touch with reality it's frightening."
In response, Zille railed against "identity politics", saying, "People should be judged by their character, not biology."
However, there were some online who agreed with Zille.
Jacques Maree, for example, a writer at the DA said, "The level of straw man constructed here on Twitter in order to slam Helen Zille's (correct) response to those awful "men are trash" tweets is just unbelievable."
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