Mara: Idols is racist
Gavin Prins, Rapport
Johannesburg – A race row has erupted around the
TV reality show Idols after one of the judges, Mara Louw, lashed out to
reporters about the new Idol, Elvis Blue.
She said Idols was full of racism and if M-Net
did not soon sell the competition to the SABC, South Africans would never have
a black winner.
"L'loyd should have won. Finish and klaar!"
people don't have access to DStv," said Louw. "So a large part of South Africa is
excluded. White people vote for white people and black people get the short end
of the stick."
It is the first time that an Idols judge comes out to slam a winning Idol. Her
comments may affect her role in the popular series in future.
numbers showed that Elvis got almost twice as many votes as L'loyd, Louw said:
"South Africans are still racist."
Randall Abrahams said he disagreed. "To say that white people vote white
and black people vote black, you have to know every person who is voting and
know who he is voting for. And this is impossible."
gained many black viewers. How do you know that black people didn't vote for
Elvis? People stopped voting long ago for only singing talent, they vote for
the whole package. And in any case, it is the white people who buy the
albums," said Abrahams.
spokesperson Lani Lombard said people voted for talent and not race. She said
the top four were a clear indication of this. She said Idols was also not limited to DStv and that the Idols were
introduced to people on radio stations, in local newspapers and even public performances.