By: Poelano Malema
Social media has been left offended by this model who was not only made to look like ‘Jerusalema’ hitmaker Nomcebo Zikode using ‘blackface’, but who also butchered the hit song.
Blackface – the practice of wearing make-up to imitate the appearance of a black person, is an offensive act. It is rooted in racism and the ridiculing of black people. But, sadly, one Bulgarian model thought it would be cool.
Mixela Marinova was given the task of imitating Nomcebo Zikode for ‘Jerusalema’ in a singing competition called, ‘Kato Abe Kankm Boaa‘.
The model wore prosthetics and make-up to look like Nomcebo.
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The model then took to the stage and butchered the international hit, ‘Jerusalema’.
Although the audience seemed impressed and were on their feet, many social media users were outraged.
The white model faced a lot of backlash after videos of her performance and blackface were shared on social media.
Below are some of the reactions:
— Man’s NOT Barry Roux (@AdvoBarryRoux) March 19, 2021
This is why this show is unacceptable & demeaning to black culture.. #nomcebo & master KG must sue this racist show.. The history of the black face has long been rooted in racism & ridiculing black people. We need to STOP tolerating nonsens** ? pic.twitter.com/I6xLi8elPr
— Bellz ?? (@BellzSeisa) March 19, 2021
— Kgomotso Moraba (@MorabaKgomotso) March 19, 2021
So most of you guys are saying that ain’t racists. That woman just Halloween’ed #Nomcebo to perform Jerusalema?
Seems like black people in South Africa have much to learn about the Black history…
— Machiavellian ??? (@Twistar_SA) March 19, 2021
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