South African musician, DJ Maphorisa took to Twitter on Tuesday, 1 September 2020, to reveal that the hate comments he receives on the platform are starting to affect him. The most recent hate came after he posted two images of himself earlier in the day, which showed him in a multi-coloured ensemble. Whilst Phori believed that he was looking fresher than ever, tweeps shared their distaste for his outfit.
Trolls began comparing him to a clown, and even made reference to the South African dish – seven colours. Some even shared images of jumping castles and multi-coloured tyres seen at playgrounds, claiming that he looked similar to those objects. Lindokuhle Ndlovu replied with, “Phori you must fire your designer and your make up specialist.”, whilst Baka Dhlomo stated, “You look like the national flag or that parachute we use in school. If this look cost money, my man I’m sorry.”
After scrolling through the feedback he received from his followers, DJ Maphorisa tweeted, “I love Instagram comments more than twitter, twitter ke satan shame.” His observation sparked further controversy, as followers believed that as a public figure, he should be open to receiving criticism from his fans. Sakhile tweeted, “This is where yo supporters are.... U have to be strong Papa...”.
Twitter has been known as the troll-platform of South Africa in recent years, with many celebrities calling out Tweeps for the unnecessary hate they receive. Prince Kaybee previously shared that he was hurt by the fact that his words are always misconstrued no matter what he says, whilst AKA agreed that he is used to seeing haters appear on his timeline. Cassper Nyovest has also chimed in on the subject matter, and has chosen to take the high road in most situations.
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