The presenter and dancer tweeted that she felt torn between supporting Japan and the Springboks due to her dual heritage.
“So proud of both my countries but Japan played their hearts out!You cant say otherwise!That was the most insane game! NIPPON BANZAI #RWC2015”, tweeted the Vuzu presenter, to which various users of the social media platform reacted with a slew of insults and derogatory remarks.
This tweet sparked a furore by fans of the game and in turn caused Hirayama to be viciously attacked. Some users of the platform said she ‘should go back home’.
An obviously aggravated Hirayama retaliated to some of the tweets while other local celebs such as Roxy Burger, Anele Mdoda and Zuraida Jardine reached out to Hirayama on the platform showing their support for the presenter.
@Lalla_Hirayama the hell are you doing in south africa then!
— Anelisa reign batyi (@ABatyie) September 19, 2015
— Khaya Mkhize (@CayerMcKenzie) September 19, 2015
@Lalla_Hirayama oh lalla, your true colours finally shine through
— Bendalo Mageza (@BendaloM) September 19, 2015
— sabelo cele (@arthurcele123) September 19, 2015