Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi flew South Africa’s flag high on Sunday when she was crowned Miss Universe 2019, but it seems that many people think Wakanda and SA are the same thing
Wakanda is a fictional country in Sub-Saharan Africa made famous by Marvel Comics’ Black Panther.
‘Wakanda Forever’ was trending on Twitter shortly after the 26-year-old was crowned.
Here’s a look at one such tweet;
— TV Fanatic👑⚜️ (@Khaleesi_Hodan) December 9, 2019
Many celebrated SA’s win with Wakanda tweets.
At the Bus..
Some of the people here shouted “Wakanda Forever!” before declaring Ms South Africa as Miss Universe.. 😊❤
— rhomz (@rhomzaquiatan) December 9, 2019
While many people meant no harm with their ‘Wakanda Forever’ tweets, South Africans were left fuming
“Is it appropriate to use “wakanda forever” as reference for Miss Universe- South Africa win?? Or does it reek of racism?” one Twitter user asked.
Is it appropriate to use “wakanda forever” as reference for Miss Universe- South Africa win?? Or does it reek of racism?
Harmless question. #MissUniverse2019
— I am Inevitable (@IamInevitable3) December 9, 2019
Some Twitter users said yes it was racist while others said it played into the idea of racism.
“Yeah. It’s not necessarily offensive, but it plays around the idea of racism. Because Wakanda is a different country to South Africa. It’s basically like saying konnichiwa to anyone from Asia just because they’re Asian,” one person replied.
Scores of tweets said it was totally unacceptable for people to refer to SA as Wakanda.
“Wakanda Forever”? I know you mean well but we not some random made up country… SOUTH AFRICA… Zozi of SOUTH AFRICA won miss universe not some fictional place, put some respect on our name. #MissUniverse2019
“Wakanda Forever”?🙄 I know you mean well but we not some random made up country…. SOUTH AFRICA …. Zozi of SOUTH AFRICA won miss universe not some fictional place, put some respect on our name. #MissUniverse2019 pic.twitter.com/7cNXg9LBSG
— P A L E S A _ K👩🏾💻🌺 (@palesakhoali) December 9, 2019
One tweep asked people to drop the “Wakanda Hollywood stuff” a celebrate a beautiful African woman from a real country.
We can drop the ‘Wakanda’Hollywood stuff and just enjoy that a beautiful Afrcan woman from a REAL place won the crown .
— Azanian in Transit (@Liepollo9) December 9, 2019
Another Twitter user said the Wakanda tweets were disrespectful
“Can you Americans stop saying this “Wakanda Forever” to anything Africa related. Stop disrespecting us. Congratulations to @zozitunzi for being Miss Universe. We’re proud of you.”
Can you Americans stop saying this “Wakanda Forever” to anything Africa related. Stop disrespecting us.
— ??Bonnie?? (@bonnienile) December 9, 2019
Here’s a look at what others had to say.
Shout out to miss SA for winning miss Universe we are proud of the representation and this Wakanda Forever bullshit is stupid pic.twitter.com/MfHBX4kPeW
— Keletso (@Kelz_Again) December 9, 2019
— Kananelo 🇿🇦 🇱🇸 🇸🇿 🇳🇴 (@kaysexwale) December 9, 2019
Trending ung WAKANDA. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or not, though.🤷♀️
Depende siguro sa intention ng nagtweet…
— Moonbeam0611????? 💛 (@miss_calculus17) December 9, 2019