- Media personality and TV host, Pearl Thusi, shared her opinion on the Ferguson saga that dominated trends on Twitter this week
- She offered a suggestion that perhaps it was time for actors to unionise and people agreed with her
- However her friend and fellow celeb, DJ Fresh, reigned on her parade saying its was something difficult to do in reality
Media personality, Pearl Thusi, weighed in on the social media drama that got the whole country talking this week, when Vatiswa Ndara and Keke Mphuthi spoke out against Ferguson Films’ alleged exploitation of actors.
Pearl shared her opinion about the debacle and then offered a practical solution.
The Fergusons who have been hailed as the benchmarks of black excellence in South African television and film came under fire after Vatiswa exposed them in an open letter to the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa. Then fellow actress, Keke Mphuthi served a second blow to the Ferguson production company who revealed that she was also victimised for being pregnant.
Other celebs like Sizwe Dhlomo and Harriet Khoza chipped in with their opinions but was dragged by social media users who sided with Vatiswa with their #IStanWithVatiswa.
But one thing that was noted on social media was that it was not only Ferguson Films who had to cut their budget by underpaying staff – it’s an industry-wide problem that needed to be addressed.
Pearl Thusi stressed this same point at great lengths when she joined the online conversation on Twitter. Then she also shared an interesting and constructive suggestion for how people can help actors, by forming actors’ unions.
She said: “I’d love to see “a list” of productions with no respect for actors and other crew exposed but fact is – Trend dies and those brace actors will be punished for speaking, we’ll again be asked to open up industry that pays peanuts, producers/channel will continue exploiting artists.”
She then continued her opinion below:
Pearl explained how difficult it was for her to secure a bond and only achieved it after getting signed letters from the managers of the five jobs she had.
Pearl’s opinion was well received on Twitter. Many people agreed with her that it was time for actors to stand together and form a union in a bid for fair payment. Except DJ Fresh, who revealed how difficult it is to really pull something like that off in reality.
The Big Dawg said DJs tried to unionise in the 90s but was let down by their very own peers who were desperate for work.
Meanwhile, three months ago, Briefly.co.za reported that Pearl Thusi opened up about the difficulties she had faced in her life because she's light-skinned. She said her entire life has always been about her skin colour and admitted that being called 'exotic' hurt to the core.
We don't like to acknowledge it, but colour is still a problem in South Africa. Fair-skinned black people are not 'black enough' and dark-skinned individuals are 'too black'.
Pearl Thusi shared a series of tweets in which she talked about her own struggles as a light-skinned black woman. The presenter and actress has addressed this matter in the past, and it seems like it remains an important topic for her.
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