Helen Zille has called out another alleged racial bias in South Africa this week after she accused local media of not making more noise about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s mystery attacker
The actor, bodybuilder and politician was in South Africa this past weekend for the 2019 edition of the Arnold Classic Africa Festival. Arnold was meeting and greeting a group of excited spectators when, out of nowhere, an unnamed attacker drop-kicked the Austrian-born athlete in the back before being detained by security.
A video detailing the entire incident has since gone viral and has been republished in a number of local and international publications — although Arnold himself was quick to divert attention from the man he described as an “idiot”.
A day later, the actor who played the lead in the famous Terminator movies, revealed that he wouldn’t be pressing charges, saying, “I’m not pressing charges. I hope this was a wake-up call, and he gets his life on the right track. But I’m moving on and I’d rather focus on the thousands of great athletes I met at @ArnoldSports Africa.”
That should have been the end of that but several South Africans are not content with how this story has ended
It all began when a user by the name of Stan Louw (sarcastically) commented that Arnold had received a taste of “white privilege”.
He said on Twitter; “Sad how [Scwharzenegger] just got a taste of South African White Privilege. We are ashamed of about 67% of our country sir, we hate that you needed to experience this. Some useless tsotsi trying to dropkick an old man.”
Helen Zille, who has been very vocal on the topic of privilege over the last few days, couldn’t let this comment flash past her timeline without replying. The Western Cape Premier replied by saying:
Yip. And it got hardly any coverage that I noticed. NOW IMAGINE if a black American celebrity, simply being kind and helpful, had been attacked like that by a white SAfrica. It would rightly have caused a furore worldwide. Double Standards. https://t.co/3CBTKfMcWq
— Helen Zille (@helenzille) May 20, 2019
These latest comments didn’t go down well with social media users, many of whom pointed out that, in fact, the story had been covered in many reputable publications both in South Africa and across the globe:
Helen, you are wrong, Arnie’s kick in the back got world wide coverage. It was on every TV station here in Australia and I noticed it everywhere in the USA. And it was rightly condemned as the action of a stupid individual.
This is a strawman.
— The real fight begins (@antday) May 20, 2019
Needless to say, the majority of black Twitter disagreed with Helen’s comments, further adding to the tension that her comments on “black
While the media has yet to reveal the identity of the perpetrator, many people have suspected that the assailant might have been suffering from mental illness.
He can be heard yelling “Help me! I Need a Lamborghini” shortly after executing his attack on The Terminator:
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s attacker was screaming “HELP ME I NEED A LAMBORGHINI” so I think it’s safe to say this is a mental health issue. pic.twitter.com/WSMfTptvOG
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) May 18, 2019
It looks as if Arnold is moving on from this entire incident. Should Helen Zille and the rest of the world do so too?