Actress Pearl Thusi has come out strongly against the vandalism at H&M stores by the Economic Freedom Fighters over the weekend.
EFF members caused chaos at several H&M stores across the country after an advert of a black child wearing a green hoodie with the saying, “coolest monkey in the jungle” went viral late last week.
Several stores were trashed and had to be temporarily shut down. The EFF has remained unapologetic over the protests, with spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi saying that members would visit all racist institutions.
Weighing on the fiasco, Pearl said the EFF was misrepresenting the country as “savages”.
“So instead of fighting at their level you’re just going to vandalise stores and establishments? Spread violence and fear? Oh, ok. Just misrepresent us all as savages then,” she said.
So instead of fighting at their level you’re just going to vandalize stores and establishments? Spread violence and fear? Oh, ok.
Just misrepresent us all as savages then. https://t.co/ocRq309Cqx
— PEARL THUSI (@PearlThusi) January 13, 2018
Even though Pearl does not condone the EFF’s methods, she also did not agree with the Democratic Alliance’s statements about the vandalism.
“The DA needs to relax. They’re like an annoying ex. Omg,” she said.
Pearl’s comments caused a debate on her Twitter page, with some followers accusing her of looking for attention.
@MbuyiseniNdlozi Pearl are slaves of these companies, she is defending her master
— Moses Lithakong (@moses_afrika) January 13, 2018
Bo pearl are trying to secure few deals,and acting like activist here on Twitter but never been on the ground..
— DUKS (@DUKSmatome1) January 13, 2018
@PearlThusi people have been making racist statements for a long time and we keep expressing how sad we feel but they still don’t get the message. How then must we fight the racists?????????
— Akhona (@akhonom) January 13, 2018
Of course it’s not representing you, and your Privilege. Busy being the gate keepers of racist capitalists with always responding with modesty to derogatory terms.
— Phumza Luthango (@PLuthango) January 13, 2018
Yaz nawe Pearl we don’t want to be allergic to you please don’t supplement our anger.
— nothing to something (@SphesihlePatri5) January 13, 2018
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