The South African LGBTQI + community faces many challenges when it comes to hate crimes and murders.
For several weeks, the queer community has protested and mourned the senseless deaths of Sphamandla Khoza, Andile Ntuthela, Lonwabo Jack and many others.
Queerphobia in the country is at its peak in South Africa and results in killings based solely on a person’s gender identity and sexual orientation.
Many queer voices have spoken out not only against hate crimes, but also regarding the discourse on platforms such as TV, radio, podcasts and social media about how homophobic and transphobic comments by straight cisgender individuals are at the origin of these crimes.
Recently, Thuso Mbedu found herself in hot water after thanking podcaster MacGyver “ MacG ” Mukwevho for shouting her on her podcast and praising her for the progress he is making. Podcast and relaxation with MacG.
The podcaster and former radio shock jock, has been repeatedly called out for being a homophobe, transphobe and misogynist.
This came after the fallout from an episode where MacG and his co-hosts spat out dangerous transphobic comments.
His fans were quick to tell the LGBTQI + community that we are ‘sensitive’, ‘we have to educate them’, ‘you can’t cancel someone for a difference of opinion’ and other statements. to enlighten the community.
And that’s the problem we constantly have with the queerphobia talk and famous people failing to see why their statements can be so dangerous.
The LGBTQI + community must constantly defend, explain and justify its existence to a people who apparently don’t listen to it and don’t care to educate themselves. They are not even interested in taking responsibility for going and doing the job of learning more about the community.
Thuso’s tweet may seem innocent to someone who falls into the heteronormativity box.
However, through her co-signing MacG, she also co-signed her transphobia, homophobia and misogyny.
And while it is plausible that she was not aware of his problematic views, several people on Twitter told her that the tweet was not very good-looking, along with screenshots and links. to the many stories about MacG’s known transphobic, homophobic and misogynistic remarks.
However, Thuso decided to ignore everyone warning her about the difficulty it posed and it was only after contacting someone she “trusted” that she decided to delete the post.
It was heartbreaking to see her so flippant and also insulting queer people who were trying to help her avoid a potential scandal before her Hollywood debut with “The Underground Railroad.”
For the most part, the online LGBTQI + community has been very helpful in making waves in Hollywood. Therefore, no one prayed for his fall or tried to “undo” it. We were just trying to avoid unnecessary scandal by association.
LGBTQI + rights are human rights
This particular issue has shown that there is a lack of empathy on the part of celebrities when it comes to rights violations that don’t affect them.
We saw it last year with the Black Lives Matter protests and anti-Asian outrage earlier this year.
The false closeness that public figures have tried to cultivate in the age of social media, has really shown how dishonest they can be and will only do things if it helps their image.
It makes us wonder why, if these celebrities really care about alleviating everyone’s suffering, they keep making choices that will help attack queer bodies.
And yet when it comes to other human rights issues like racism everyone is always hugging and yet they find excuses to be silent when it comes to human rights. homosexuals.
Therefore, the day after the fallout from the Thuso case, when Mayihlome Tshwete recounted a racist incident at Northriding Secondary School, the LGBTQIA + community decided to troll and be satirical with the issue.
This was to prove how absurd it is to tell a marginalized group that their feelings and outrage are not valid. And the reaction of those who missed the point was both hilarious and revealing.
When it comes to racism, there is no talking about it. Everyone understands that this is wrong.
No one who is also part of the marginalized community is telling a black / POC person to educate a white person or that racist views are only a matter of opinion.
But when it comes to homophobia / transphobia, we have to be speakers even though the information is free and everyone has all the information at their disposal.
The LGBTIQA + community is tired. All we’ve done in the last few weeks is mourn queer bodies and educate people.
Our existence is not up for debate, being queer is not a “lifestyle”, it is not a choice.
Our queerness is who we are and at the bare minimum, we deserve to be treated with respect or just left alone.