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Uyajola 9/9 viewers question gender of alleged cheater

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Uyajola 9/9’s second episode which aired left fans confused on the gender of the appearing culprit, as viewers judged the physical appearance of the alleged cheater.

Moja Love took to Twitter on Friday, 17 September 2021, to share the teasers of the then upcoming episodes of Uyajola 9/9. Both episodes aired on Sunday, 19 September 2021, and featured isiXhosa-speaking complainants, which viewers believed guaranteed explosive back-to-back episodes. However, it was the second episode which left the viewers the most confused.

The episode in question featured Nompumelelo, who wrote into the show to find out if her girlfriend has been cheating on her. The episode marked the first lesbian couple to be featured on this season. Moreover, it also marked the second episode this season to feature a couple from the LGBTIQ+ community, following the feature of a gay couple in the previous episode that aired on Sunday, 12 September 2021.

While it was contextualised that the couple is a lesbian couple, fans were still confused when Ayanda, the partner in question, was revealed. Besides being dressed in androgenous clothing, the matter of her physicality and voice further fuelled the confusion. Viewers could not reconcile “the divide”, despite the fact that the subtitles correctly identified Ayanda’s pronouns.

The episode arguably highlighted the lack of education the majority of South Africans have when it comes to gender identity and heteronormativity. However, it did affirm that Uyajola 9/9 continues to explore various situations in which infidelity can take place. This continues to shift the narrative of the show and how viewers who watch the show better understand the scope of infidelity.

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Sabelo Makhubo
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