Flo Masebe: Actress Laments Soapies Butchering African Languages

Flo Masebe: Actress Laments Soapies Butchering African Languages

- Mzansi actress Flo Masebe has taken to social media to share her thoughts on the entertainment industry

- The veteran actress bemoaned the butchering of African languages in local soapies

- Mzansi social media users shared their thoughts and many seemed to agree with her musings

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Veteran actress Flo Masebe recently took to Twitter to air her concerns over how soapies of today don’t seem to care about getting African languages correct.

The actress was responding to Thiwe, who was voicing the same concerns about how SeSotho was treated. Flo responded:

“There was a time when we had language advisors on every production. But I guess ke ka nako eane ea nta le tshitshidi when people actually cared. Jwale dintho di fetohile. Re bua seMxit.”

Social media users weighed in with their thoughts. Twitter user Letsang said:

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“Production ke a e bona... I taught Setswana for 5 years.. Today, my seniors called me in to consult about translations and we got stuck on tiger, leopard and panther... Because 1. A leopard and a panther are the same family. 2. Tigers are not African..So ke dinkwe tse tharo...”

Lela_m1 said:

“If you have watched Skeem Saam you’d cry as someone I know who’s fluent in Sepedi. The language is translated directly from English idioms and proverbs, often missing the opportunity to use our own proverbs that are equivalent or would have more impact”

SEMolekwa said:

“I think on some soapies there's also some laxing on the acting itself.”

LullarM said:

“Budget cuts”

Flo Masebe: Actress laments on soapies butchering African languages

Flo Masebe is not happy with how Mzansi TV shows treat African languages. Image: @flomasebe
Source: Twitter

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Mzansi actress Florence Masebe is very disappointed with President Cyril Ramaphosa. The president addressed the nation on Monday with regards to the latest Covid-19 regulations and didn't have a sign language interpreter.

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Florence took to social media to express her disappointment and let Mzansi know how she feels:

“Sign language interpretation is not a favour. It is a basic necessity to many citizens who, unlike those who keep making these 'mistakes', do not have the ability to hear the president when he addresses the nation. You cannot afford to keep getting this wrong,” she said.

It wasn't only Florence who had noticed the absence of a sign language interpreter, but because she has a voice, she let the timeline know that it was wrong.

“It bothers me so much that they think it’s OK to keep apologising for not providing a service that is a basic right. Deputy Minister @ProfMkhize, please look into this," said Florence.

Florence pointed out that it is not the first time something like this happened. She reiterated that it was not right and unfair to the citizens who need the interpretation.

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The actress made it known that sign language interpretation is a right and it is simply not something that can be switched on and off during presidential addresses.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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