- It seems Mzansi audiences are getting tired of shows portraying the lives of the rich and famous
- As Madam & Mercy takes a ratings knock, social media users weighed in on why they have stopped watching
- Many have agreed that they would rather learn how to make money than to watch how people spend it
The coronavirus lockdown has forced a lot of people to tighten their wallets and change their lifestyles due to the difficult economic times. Celebrities, who were usually praised for showing off their lavish lives, are now being slammed for insensitivity during this time.
TV shows about flaunting wealth have also taken a ratings knock as Mzansi adjusts to this new normal.
Entertainment blogger Phil Mphela recently reported that TV have viewers rejected reality show Madam & Mercy. The Housewives spin-off has been a ratings disaster despite Madam being the breakout star of the franchise.
The show pulls viewership below the 500k mark, making it one of the least-watched primetime shows on Mzansi Magic. It seems Mzansi viewers are tired of being shown glam and wealth 24/7.
Another reality show which is predominantly about showing off wealth is KwaMaMkhize. According to Phil, many viewers have complained that after a few episodes they got bored of the premise just being about her wealth. Social media users weighed in with their thoughts. Twitter user THIZOZO_MOKOENA said:
"We told you people that these reality shows of people bragging to us are boring... We know you are rich OK!! Give #PapaPennyAhee and #TheRanakas one hour each!! This is nonsense."
"It's the constant "we are monied" storyline for me. No lie, would love to have some of that cash, but what else can you show me?"
"I always switch this show off... I prefer Moja Love at least. They are just rubbing their success in our faces. We wanna learn how to make moola, not how to spend it."
"As ordinary people we are tired of celebrities shoving their wealth down our throats ... Period!"
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mzansi Magic’s KwaMamkhize reality show became a hit with viewers when it was launched in January. Formerly known as Shauwn Mpisane, Shauwn Mkhize, a Durban-based entrepreneur, is now a household name. On the show, viewers meet Shauwn and her family and join them on the journey of their private lives.
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