Mzansi's Sweerie, Lasizwe recently made headlines when he announced that he would be checking himself into a mental health institution. But was it all fake?
It is no secret that Lasizwe is very widely loved. His sense of humour and how open he is with his followers, are some of the reasons that his fans remain loyal.
Which is why the internet was deeply moved when Sweerie announced that he would be checking himself into a mental health institution. In his social media statement, he said he was going in for depression, which he has battled for quite some time now.
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Tweeps applauded his decision as brave. He was congratulated for destigmatizing mental health issues. Many saw it as an important step in getting more people to seek help for their issues, and to see that it's not shameful to admit to needing help.
But now tweeps have reason to believe that it was all just a publicity stunt, and that Lasizwe did not, in fact, check himself into an institution.
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A video has emerged online which allegedly shows the comedian in Sun City. He is dancing to OSAMA in the video, which is said to be at an event on Saturday 27th November. It has obviously angered his fans on social media.
Tweeps now think that the whole thing with him checking himself into an institution was nothing more than a campaign to sensitize the public on mental health. And while they agree that the intention is noble, they also think that it could have been done in a better way.
Fans believe it is insensitive to pretend to be checking into a mental health institution, then go out and back to living his best life. One tweep even thinks that doing that is a big insult to those who are genuinely battling mental health issues; that it makes a mockery of their real struggles.
It's a baffling accusation. I mean, why would he do that? Plus, the video is circulating on its own, and it's difficult to deduce context from it. It's hard to tell whether it is, in fact, that recent.
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If it is, though, maybe he already checked out but just failed to inform the public? We all know how toxic social media can be. Even Somizi had to take a break from Twitter because of the toxicity.
Either way, we hope he is doing better. It must have taken a lot of guts to come out and admit he was struggling, so we hope it was all real and he is doing better.
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If it wasn't, though, we hope it doesn't distract from the campaign to destigmatize mental health issues.