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Celebrity Status Meets Ignorance: Tyrese Gibson Angers South Africans With Social Media Post

Tyrese Gibson's recent Instagram post about "white slavery" shows the dangers of perpetuating false narratives about Black people—especially in a country that is not your own.

Embattled American actor Tyrese Gibson has angered South Africans with a recent social media post, and with good reason. Gibson took to Instagram recently to post a collage of several images which depicted the "white slavery" allegedly taking place in South Africa. To add fuel to the fire, the actor doubled down on his ignorant stance when followers fired back telling him that he was spreading misinformation. Gibson claimed that he was unlike "other folks from America who just have opinions", TimesLIVE reports.


The now-deleted Instagram post showed four images including white men in chains with a Black man as their "master"; a white woman breastfeeding a Black baby while the child's mother prepares for work; a young white girl looking at Black dolls and white women giving foot massages to Asian women. Take a look at a screenshot taken by a social media user and referenced by Africa Matters below.

Gibson, who did not issue an apology despite the appearance of doing so, wrote, "I am not offended by the feedback, it was an attempt at a compliment based on that YouTube clip that I have already referred to." He added, "Not the general overall SA but specific areas and specific groups are doing well, based on my own 10+ visits to SA and seeing things with my own eyes." The Youtube clip he makes reference to is unknown to OkayAfrica at this point.

At a time where Black Lives Matter protests have catapulted into the spotlight conversations around racist narratives and especially ones that directly affect and harm Black people, Gibson's post is dangerous. Additionally, his celebrity status and reach on social media platforms have the power to fuel the further spread of misinformation circulating already.

Black South Africans especially, continue to contend with racist propaganda pushed by so-called "civil rights groups" such as Afriforum to the rest of the world. For the longest time, news of an alleged "white genocide" has made recurring headlines in the US and Australia despite the country's crime statistics unequivocally showing otherwise.

To celebrities such as Gibson and especially those abroad: Do better.

Here are a few reactions to Gibson's post below:





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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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