- Singer Kelly Khumalo has left jaws on the floor with her homophobic slur during her 29th SAMA rant
- She called out a social media user who tried to calm her down and fired distasteful comments, calling him "an aunty"
- The multi-award-winning singer has since publicly apologised for her uncalled-for statement
- A Briefly News political and social justice activist, Thokozile Sewela Nhlumayo weighed in on Kelly's act, calling it a regression to society
She was upset that she lost the Best Afropop Album to Sjava and Best Female Artist of the Year to gospel sensation Ntokozo Mbambo.
Kelly Khumalo apologises for homophobic statement after SAMA29 snub
Kelly went on a swearing spree, saying the votes were rigged and that Ntokozo did not deserve to win the award. One Twitter/X user tried to correct her views, and she fired back and said:
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“Sit down, Aunty, the day you decide whether you’re a man or a woman then we can talk."
She has since deleted the tweet and apologised, saying:
"Ngonile (I have sinned) with my homophobic remarks ngiyaxolisa (I am sorry) that was uncalled for."
Check out the thread below:
Social activist Thoko Sewela Nhlumayo from #NotTooYoungToLead weighs in
Thokozile told Briefly News said Khumalo's slurs were a regression to efforts in curbing societal discrimination and prejudice against the LGBTQI+ community, and that her utterances undermine the hardwork done by those who continue to advocate for social justice:
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"Human rights aren't something people need to be reminded of in 2023. LGBTQI+ rights are unprovisional everyday human rights that need to be upheld and respected.
"So it's unfortunate that public figures have so much influence and a platform to reach a wide audience so at the end of the day, whatever they say adds weight to the society.
"When that figure says homophobic remarks, it can have a significant and negative impact on the LGBTQI+ community. Leading to feelings of fear, anxiety and insecurity. It can also reinforce the idea of the victims' orientation and identity as not accepted by society."
Netizens drag Kelly Khumalo for her homophobic rant
Tweeps were not sold on the apology, as it was not the singer's first time coming for netizens during her fit of anger. Check out the comments below:
"Brands are threatening to leave?"
@Amza_5 was amazed:
"Folding is not your thing & awusabi fokol. What happened? Did Dominic threaten you?"
@lelo_kgoale was not convinced:
"This is not even a genuine apology."
"You’re not sorry. That’s just who you are."
@SandileKaMsibi was amused:
"Sponsors, brands & contractors called fast fast. The rainbow gang is powerful tjooo."
"@Thapz__ you called it, no one messes with this gang!
"I’m loving this, at this rate you will tell us who actually pulled the trigger in that house."
"That was quick but ke it's too late and I know you gonna continue wilding even after the apology."
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The homeless-looking man looked exactly like the child star who is accused of being one of the people who killed former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa at Kelly Khumalo's home in 2014.
Source: Briefly News