- Vusi Leremi knew his character was gay for the longest time and did groundwork to prepare for it
- Realising how harsh members of the LGBTQ+ community are treated, Vusi felt the need to speak out on the topic
- The LGBTQ+ community is not a curse, burden or embarrassment, they are people who love who they love and people need to start respecting that
Skeem Saam actor Vusi Leremi took time out to speak about the struggles he has witnessed people of the LGBTQ+ community experience.
People of the LGBTQ+ community have been judged harshly since the beginning of time and it is up to us to change that narrative.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Vusi decided to show his support to the LGBTQ+ community in the spirit of Pride Month by speaking out on their behalf.
Speaking to TshisaLIVE, Vusi opened up about how his Skeem Saam character Clement come out of the closet, revealing that he is gay.
Having known his character was gay for the longest time, Vusi was waiting for the day when the big reveal was made to see how fans would react.
Vusi took time to get into character by speaking to members of the LGBTQ+ community so that he would have a better understanding of what Clement would be going through.
"They spoke to me about my role being gay in 2017, so it gave me time to prepare and talk to people who went through this ... to go gather my research and to better understand how it feels.”
Having done the research, Vusi came to understand just how harsh gay people were treated, especially in very traditional settings.
Black cultures are not easily accepting of gay people, and this showed in Clement’s grandmothers face when he came out.
Vusi lives in Soweto and sees how gay people are treated and it is not right. He wants people to be more open-minded and realise that these people are just people and not a burden or curse.
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