What is going on over at Metro FM? The radio station is trending for all the wrong reasons again – this time for an insensitive poll the station ran on their Twitter account.
Last week, South Africans rejoiced as Zozibini Tunzi was crowned as the new Miss South Africa at the pageant’s prestigious finale event on Women’s Day. The 25-year-old, a natural-haired beauty, was a fan favourite from the start and represents what many South Africans feel is an under-represented representation of South African beauty.
The judge’s decision was met with praise on social media, with local media personality Bonnie Mbuli sharing her own approval in a Tweet:
— Bonnie Mbuli (@BonnieMbuli) August 9, 2019
Her followers were quick to agree – the Tweet has been liked more 26 000 times and retweeted more than 3000 times. A quick scroll through the replies proves that Zozibini will be a Miss SA that takes representation a long way in this country.
Can you imagine how millions of other young beautiful brown skin girls feel? This is so necessary! ??
— Duduzile Ndlovu (@Didi_Gatsheni) August 9, 2019
I’m already thinking I need to get this miss SA haircut tomorrow representation matters this is a huge milestone
— Wendy William’s titties (@panatia_gypsy) August 9, 2019
My 4yr old Azania witnessed her crowning and she called her a Princess “mommy she is princess ”
Me “yes my baby and she has your hair”???
— Mampho Ngakane ??/?? (@MamphoN) August 9, 2019
So it came as an unwelcome surprise when Metro FM took it upon themselves to run a Twitter poll encouraging their followers to weigh in on Zozibini’s win. The Tweet has since been deleted, but the internet never forgets, and screengrabs of the poll have been shared by other users of the platform.
Really trying to understand the thought process behind this since deleted poll. Why Metro FM? pic.twitter.com/BhSM4ztOUA
— PK (@GojoSakhe) August 10, 2019
Why run a poll designed to put a woman down when she has just been crowned to represent our nation to the delight of the people?
The SABC has issued a statement on the offensive Tweet, distancing themselves from the incident.
— METROFM SABC (@METROFMSA) August 10, 2019
The incident serves as a reminder to be kind on any and all platforms and to build women up, rather than tear them down, always.
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