SABC 2 Soapie, 7de Laan, has responded swiftly to racist remarks made by a small selection of viewers after a scene which saw an interracial couple kiss.
We tried our best to leave racism behind in 2018. We really tried. But some of it crept into the new year and we saw it this week when bigoted Twitter users complained about a kiss involving a black man and a white woman on 7de Laan.
Fikani (black man) and Alexa (white woman) have been flirting and getting friendly for months on the soapie. It was only a matter of time until something happened between these two and when it did, not everybody was happy about it.
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Racist comments such as these were found on social media:
"You are broadcasting shit these days…I don’t want to teach my kids these things…drugs, alcohol abuse, hostages, suicidal thoughts, and now, the cherry on the cake, mixing races…I am not racist, but white with white and black with black…shittiest soap of the decade."
However, the soapie refused to let these comments shape their narrative. They responded firmly:
Despite the negative reaction it caused (and it is worth repeating that this reaction was shared by a small group of viewers), this is the type of programming that is needed in South Africa.
This is not the first time 7de Laan has been involved in racial drama. A few years ago, Enhle Mbali Maphumulo was part of the cast. During an interview on Real Talk with Anele, she shared that she had experience racism on the set of the Afrikaans soapie.
She said on the show: "It's really painful. I heard that someone said Bernard is gonna lose viewership now that he's kissed a black girl. I was like, is black a disease? I don't think people understand what being black is. A simple statement like that shoots really deep. And for me it shot very deep and it was really painful..."
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