Popular SABC 2 soapie, Muvhango, is doing its bit to help address the issue of ‘colourism’ in the entertainment industry
The coloursim debate has been a talking point for years, with stars like Pearl Thusi sharing their opinions on the matter.
Muvhango hopes its new #InMyOwnSkin campaign will encourage women of all shades to develop “self-love and self-appreciation”
Several of the soapie’s leading ladies will embark on roadshows to get the word out, and Buhle Samuels, Bukamina Cebekhulu, Sharon Seno and Zonke Mchunu will all be part of the campaign.
Speaking to SowetanLIVE, show creator Duma Ndlovu said the soapie has never chosen one skin colour over another when hiring cast members and denied claims that the show tends to cast light-skinned female actors in important roles.
“We have consistently featured both light and dark-skinned actors since time immemorial. The likes of Susan Mukwevho (Maumela Mahuwa), Pfuluwani (Azwidohwi Malaka) and the list is endless,” he said.
Duma added that the show, which will have been running for 23 years by April, “continues to celebrate all shades of skin, including the ongoing campaign about self-love”.
Pearl Thusi and fellow actress Bonnie Mbuli were involved in a heated debate about colourism on social media in 2019
The drama started when a Twitter user claimed that Pearl’s success is a result of being light-skinned and not because of her talent.
The Queen Sono star clapped back, saying she worked hard to get where she is today, and revealed that she has also lost out on jobs because of the colour of her skin.
“I’ve lost many jobs to dark skinned women. Because I didn’t fit the mould of a real black woman for people. And other times because that woman was more beautiful or talented. Being light won’t get you there and keep you there, you need to work. And work harder to prove that point,” she tweeted.
Bonnie took a swipe at Pearl in a shady tweet.
“So when a light skinned actress complains abt the one or two roles they didn’t get coz they weren’t dark enuf; I’m like but the part ur crying abt was being the slave who gets raped and beat up in the thing, ppl who look like u have never had to be in that position to begin with,” the actress wrote.
Despite their tense run-ins on social media, Pearl said she has no ill feelings towards Bonnie.
“Bonnie is an incredibly talented woman. She’s beautiful and us disagreeing doesn’t mean I should hate her. Me being hurt by her doesn’t mean I should hate her… I’m bigger than that,” she told TshisaLIVE in an interview last year.