There is an old folk tale about a clever little hare who managed to get a lion’s costume and therefore ended up convincing some hyenas to be it’s subjects forcing them one by one to jump into boiling water every single day for his ready made meal. He would during the day take off his costume and dance around shouting that he was a little hare. One day he got seen by a baby left home who told the elders who set a trap for him. I have a serious problem on how our society has elevated celebrities beyond their station, giving them the idea that they are Lions when they are little hares dressed up into Lions. We give so much credence to famous people and try to shape our society to follow or listen to them but does dancing/being an idols judge, acting, playing soccer give people the mental authority or capacity to build a nation. Famous footballers, boxers and actors have tried politics but does South Africa need to treat celebrity as its nation builders.
In Somizi’s rant about the church he attended, I not even being Christian although I belong to an Abrahaimic faith I find it staggering the amount of publicity it has gathered and the resulting furore. We live in a democratic country where there is freedom of association and worship. Our constitution Section 15 states that everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion. This section also allows religious observances in state and state-aided institutions, provided they follow public authority rules, they are conducted on an equitable basis and attendance is free and voluntary; and provides for the recognition of religious legal systems and marriages that are not inconsistent with the Constitution. Section 31 protects the right of persons belonging to a religious community to practise their religion together with other members of that community, and to form, join and maintain voluntary religious associations.I believe. So we go to church where they will say that those who do not believe in Christ are heathens and shall go to hell, If I as a muslim go there freely then I have no grounds to complain because I have chosen to voluntarily associate with that message, same as a Christian who will go to a Mosque and hear the word kaffir (non believer not the derogatory racist conversion) and then storm out in rage. The message had its setting and so are many differrent messages as long as they are not used to spread hate so those who go to a strip club should not complain about the goings on in there or to a ritual etc etc. If you have voluntarily attended a certain association with clear rules and articles of faith you cannot complain about the message.
The rant precedes with ” Some Pastor from Africa”, really a man feeling discriminated wants to describe his discrimination through some ignorant discriminatory derogatory allusion? What is “Some Pastor in Africa” and what does it take from the man. Does this make him less human? Where are we? I thought we are in South Africa south being geographical location and Africa being the place. So what unintelligent aspersion is being cast by our “famous dancer or reality show host or is it struggling radio show host”. It shows the hare brain in the Lion mask again. Whatever issue he has he cannot then try and belittle Africa as if he is not African. No one gave notice to that prefix because we believe we are not in Africa and therefore not Africans but we have recently come through phases of xenophobia and statements like that tend to categorise and desensitise people to people from other African countries as people. Would our hare in a Lion suit describe a European pastor as some Pastor from Europe? Is someone from Africa a view-less person? Are their opinions lesser? It shows the erratic approach of people that are given platforms far beyond their reasoning capacity. Yes fame is fame but you cannot call a well known Bishop some Pastor from Africa because you did not agree with him.
I have always harbored a thought that we have given our country the wrong foundation and we keep encouraging it. Our obsession with the fame and concomitantly the famous has led to the misdirection of our youth. Yes we may agree that television, arts and sports careers exist but we cannot be a country of dancers or Idols judges. We are creating an unrealistic environment where we put forward areas where a few can succeed as the main areas of inspiration for our youth. We do not listen to industrialists but want to stand on two Bentley’s like Casper forgetting that the branding and marketing behind him is probably someone educated. We should stop giving undue credit to entertainers because their role is just that to entertain. They can front campaigns because they reach the masses but we need to decrease their roles in spaces of inspiration and leadership. We hurriedly want to claim Charlize Theron but why not claim Elon Musk. We need to become productive industrialists and inventors, researchers and producers to grow our economy for us to afford to pay for Dancers. It is time we place our researchers, professors,entrepreneurs and the like on the Platform of inspiration. Let us not delude ourselves that hares are Lions. Celebrity is not Cerebral.