Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo
2 minute read
6 Oct 2016
7:49 am

What’s with SA and trashy celebrities?

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

South African celebrities seem to be either enlightened or resting under the shade of cluelessness.

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You see, I’m not one to follow the life of any celebrity. I find them mundane and, at times, attention-seeking. But they seem interested in grabbing media attention in any way they can. I thought these men and women were supposed to be role models to the youth, who look up to and aspire to be them.

I don’t want to seem judgmental, which I probably will come across as, but I am exhausted by the shenanigans we have to read about in the news. I mean, how many “celebrities” have gone through the justice system, if only because being notorious is cool? And what is it with Twitter being used to raise the dust? It’s as if you’re not relevant until you start something out of nothing on Twitter.

But it is almost as if South Africans like the trashy kind of celebrity. Why, when there are so many of them who are true ambassadors, perfect their craft and set a good example? Why do we forget about them until they release something and choose to focus on celebrities who have not done anything worthwhile, and instead bombard trend lists, newspaper headlines and internet searches?

Are we suggesting that someone is only relevant because they lack decent behaviour? I’m tired of reading about silly celebrity nonsense. Local celebrities – well, the popular ones – are not the kind of people I would wish for my child to look up to.

Ultimately, every child grows up aspiring to be like a person they see on their TV screens. Heck, I wanted to be like Brenda Fassie. Imagine how my parents felt, or where I’d be right now.

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A word of advice to our celebrities; this is not America. Fighting with everyone does not make you the brightest star in the sky. Drinking it up every weekend does not guarantee future success.

As for local female celebrities, I’m sure there’s a cure for their allergy to clothing. They may have nice legs and silky-soft skin, but don’t have to be the least dressed women in every room they enter.

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo