The F Word: Dear M-Net...

2010-11-25 08:27

A few weeks ago, Gareth Cliff wrote an honest letter to government about how he felt about its leadership. Taking a leaf out of his book, I’ve written one to M-Net about their leadership as we gear up for a new season of Idols to start in February next year.

Dear M-Net,
You desperately need to get rid of Mara Louw.

Her obsession with racism and her careless behaviour have left television viewers with access to your platform upset, angry, irritated and annoyed more often than not.

Let’s stick to this season. First, Louw appeared on national television wearing fake Louis Vuitton. This may seem trite but fact is that someone who has been in the entertainment industry since the beginning of time should know better.

Then Louw went on national television after consuming an energy drink with vodka on top of strong pain medication. She initially denied that she had been drunk and you issued a statement saying she had taken medication. Then she went onto 702 and told the entire nation that yes, she had indeed had a drink before the recording. Irresponsible, don’t you think?

Now, you may argue that this makes for good TV. And that she keeps the viewers tuned in, wondering: What’s next? But surely the focus should be on the those ten talented individuals on stage and not on her.

Her latest comments about the Idols winner’s race was the last straw for me – and I believe for many other viewers to.

Her claim that white people still vote on the basis of race instead of talent is unfounded. On top of which she suggested that the SABC run the show. (Perhaps Louw can afford to sponsor the show on an SABC channel?)

My plea? Let her go! Bring someone on who is in touch with the youth, someone who takes the job seriously and doesn’t run their mouth off just for the hell of it.

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