#OpenUpTheIndustry: 2019 Edition

#OpenUpTheIndustry: 2019 Edition

Jan 31, 2019, 09:00 AM

#OpenUpTheIndustry is back! This time, the debate is more fierce than ever with celebrities hitting back at people's complaints about a lack of opportunity.

This week began with the news that Pearl Thusi had been announced as the roast master for the Comedy Central Roast of AKA. While plenty of people congratulated her, many others were extremely annoyed at the fact that Pearl  had landed yet another gig.

This tweet, and many others like it, went on to spark a massive reaction from the likes of Lerato Kganyago, Pearl Thusi, Thando Thabethe and more. And thus, the debate came back to life.

When we first saw the hashtag emerge, circa 2016/17, it was met with a great deal of support and sympathy, as talented youngsters complained about finding themselves on the fringes of the entertainment industry.

However, as time as progressed, this sympathy has begun to dry out and a number of notable names (such as the ones above) pointed out the hypocrisy of the hashtag. But that has only served to increase the backlash and this reached a fore on Wednesday.

Here are a few people who still believe the industry needs to be opened up:

But this time, there were a lot of critics who thought that those who demanded the industry open up were being entitled.

Which side of #OpenUpTheIndustry do you sit on?

Main image credit: Instagram/@thando_thabethe
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Tinashe Venge

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