We’ve heard of many celebrities voicing out their frustrations about the entertainment and media industry, and Skeem Saam actress Mona Monyane has also come out to express her distaste about the expectations that people have of her because she is a public figure.
There is more to fame than what meets the eye. Beyond the glitz and the glam are sacrifices that have been done to get to the top, and it’s no easy ride as your private life is then stripped down for public scrutiny in the process. However, there are certain things that Monyane feels she did not sign up for and is not willing to take.
The actress took to social media penning out a recent incident where a ‘fan’ of hers had interrupted a conversation she was having because she wanted to take a picture with the actress.
Take a look at the series of tweets below:
Some of you seriously cross the line with this "celebrity" thing. Some of us came into the arts to impact lives not to be praised like some false idol. I will not be disturbed whilst in conversation because you want a pic. It's so invasive and rude actually.— Mona Skenjana (@MonaMonyane) September 1, 2018
As a mother I'm shocked at the arrogance people will demand my attention with. So now I can't exist in a space as a person, I must take on "celebrity" status to please you? If you can't be polite and considerate then understand that my job doesn't make me a better human— Mona Skenjana (@MonaMonyane) September 1, 2018
Stop praising people like they are some kind of God in your life. Have more dignity & self respect to realise your OWN power as a person so the rest of us don't feel like we have to be everything for everyone. You will be shocked to know that I don't tolerate rudeness, then what?— Mona Skenjana (@MonaMonyane) September 1, 2018
This "mini hollywood" thing must end. Re baAfrika! a se america mo. Hlompang batho babang lona le tlohele dintho tse snaaks.— Mona Skenjana (@MonaMonyane) September 1, 2018
Before the fame, our celebrities were once just ordinary people, living normal lives, which meant that manoeuvring around a shopping centre was literally a walk in the park, however, fame has changed it all and it is hard to be in a public space without being bombarded by fans.
House music vocalist, Bucie has been amongst the celebrities that have campaigned against the expectations that come with fame.
“...fame is so exhausting, I’m one of the realest people and fame does not allow you to be real. Fame and people expect you to be a certain way, you need to be something that they are comfortable with in order to be famous and that is exhausting,” she mentioned in an interview on Power FM.
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