Pearl Thusi has Twitter divided over colourism rant

Media personality, Pearl Thusi, took to Twitter to publish a lengthy thread about how it is her talent and hard work that has earned her success, not her complexion.

On Wednesday, 26 June 2019, actress and television host, Pearl Thusi, defended herself against claims that her success is a result of her light skin complexion, rather than her work ethic and talent. The Twitter rant was sparked by a follower who used Pearl Thusi as an example to illustrate how light skin privilege trumps talent as the follower was trying to explain why Sho Madjozi won her BET Award on the basis of her skin complexion rather than her “questionable” talent.

WaAzania Radebe wrote, “If [Sho Madjozi] were dark, no one would entertain her talent, which is not really there to begin with if you think about it. Just like my homegirl Pearl Thusi = no talent.” After Pearl Thusi found out that she was implicated in the discussion, she launched her own thread on the topic.

In her first tweet, Pearl Thusi reflected, “…15 years of hard work I’ve put in means [nothing] here. It’s incredible how your entire being can all come down to your skin colour. I dare them to say this about the likes of Beyonce, Diana Ross, Angela Davis. As if there wasn’t an Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Miriam Makeba.”

The tweet then caused ongoing debate, with some followers agreeing with WaAzania Radebe’s tweet, while some staunchly defended Pearl Thusi’s work ethic and talent. Pearl Thusi, in subsequent tweets on the thread, opened up about her own struggles from growing up light-skinned,  stating, “I was bullied as a kid for this. I’m a grown woman now. I will not be made to feel inferior over something I’ve never had control over. It’s enough guys. Truly.”

Following her emotional unravelling on the social media platform, other famous personalities came to the star’s defence, including DJ Zinhle, Relebogile Mabotja and Sho Madjozi.

WaAzania Radebe has since apologised for his remarks, citing how insensitive and callous they were.