- Fast food giant KFC has been trending after they made a joke about the Tsonga culture
- The company shared a picture of Tsonga ladies in their traditional clothes, captioned, "When you can't decide what colour to wear so you wear them all"
- The tweet quickly trended with many saying that it was offensive; soon thereafter, #KFCmustfall started trending
Another day, another racial slur that has caused an uproar in responses from South Africans fed up with racial insensitivity. This week KFC was at the centre of criticism after they made an inappropriate joke about Tsonga culture.
The fast-food company shared a picture of some Tsonga ladies dressed up in their usual colourful clothes. The caption of the post read:
"When you don't know what colour to wear so you wear them all."
While KFC meant the tweet as a joke, it quickly went sideways with tweeps calling it culturally offensive and insensitive. Soon thereafter, #KFCMustFall was trending with over 4 000 tweets about the saga. View KFC's tweet below.
Here are some of the opinions of Twitter users over the controversial KFC joke below.
"A big brand like KFC can't make a mockery out of an African attire all in the name of "joking". They should rather stick to draining the oil on their meat instead of trying to be funny on Twitter."
@CA_FELICIA_CK questioned KFC, who has not yet addressed the uproar, about their silence:
"Deleting this tweet does not mean it was never tweeted!!! Why are you quiet about it? #KFCMustFall"
The following users however, could not see the problem with the KFC tweet, saying that people have become overly-sensitive. See their tweets below.
"I'm a Tsonga and I'm not offended at all, you can't say #KFCMustFall because of that joke. We Tsongas, are not crybabies, we are very stro,ng we overcame many challenges in life than KFC Twitter joke. Nothing is falling here, not KFC nor Clicks, the only thing that must fall is corruption."
While, @Sbudavoh had this to say:
"The mayhem is so unnecessary, I swear if the joke was made by Nando's or Chicken Lickin' it was going to be considered funny..."
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported how Clicks recently got into similar hot water over controversial advertising. Recently, Clicks has become embroiled in a scandal around an advert which was widely perceived as racist, insinuating that black people's hair is dry and damaged.
Clicks had released an apology for the ad, which they did not create, but featured on their website. The company that made the ad is TRESemmé. The incident has gotten the whole country worked up, even the EFF has waded into the fray.
TRESemmé, the hair company behind the Clicks ad, had this to say:
“TRESemmé South Africa apologises for the offence these images caused as well as the Clicks Group.”
The statement took onus of the advert and hoped to vindicate Clicks to its consumers. The verdict is still out on that matter, but one thing we know is Afrobotanics and Black Pearl Hair is staying available at Clicks stores.
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