Nonhle told to ‘get real’

2011-04-02 17:34

Nonhle Thema has taken to Twitter to counter all the negative criticism that her reality show, Nonhle Goes To Hollywood, has garnered.

“It’s funny how AMERICA shows love to an African girl but my own country BRINGS me down ... WOW I’m in awe,” she Tweeted this week.

The Vuzu channel reality show has received flak from viewers for being boring and too scripted. Set in Hollywood, it sees the former O Access presenter trying to crack big-time fame in Tinseltown.

Controversy around the show began when it was rumoured that a fight between Thema and her roommate had been staged, while on another episode she was seen “crying” but shedding no tears.

But Vuzu claims the show was the most watched during February, with one episode having 178 000 viewers.

The figure is measured from the number of viewers who have access to DSTV.

Something does not add up, though. According to figures from the South African Advertising Research Foundation (which measures the viewing habits of the entire population), the average number of viewers who tuned in for the show was about 21 000 a week.

Not one to sit back and just soak up the criticism, Thema continued on her Tweet: “I’m a strong girl, I knew being a pioneer would come with such responsibility. My show is highly rated and people are totally watching. It’s amazing how they criticise yet still watch week after week ... I shall continue making groundbreaking TV.”

Many viewers hit back, with one responding: “Crack a joke, speak some vernac! Just do something real, because right now you are looking like a knock-off Barbie.”

Yolisa Phahle, the director of special interest channels, said Vuzu would consider the stinging criticism for future programming.

“The fact that the show is getting a reaction at home and in the US is a sign that we have put South African television on the global map,” said Phahle.

“Going forward, we will of course look to improve all aspects of the production.”

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