Public meltdown on Twitter

2011-06-22 00:00

I THINK that many people don't know whether to pity or laugh at South African TV presenter Nonhle Thema.

Since no one really knows what to say about her meltdown on Twitter, people choose to laugh instead.

We talk about what she is doing because we can't believe that she really is doing what she is doing on Twitter. At times we wish that she wasn't really tweeting the things she has been saying.

Exhibit A: "im not playing.change is more humble poor girls on tv.its time for us to shine.....IM BORN A WINNER..." she wrote at 8.10 am on June 19.

Yes. That's right. She said it. The first thing I thought of when I saw that tweet was: "I'm not sure whether Nonhle needs Chuck Norris or Jesus. Or both."

First of all, we must acknowledge that she has done well for herself. Financially that is. She has made a lot of money as she told us on the social network.

I quote: "At 29 im worth 10 million all my dust yall."

That's a lot of money.

What lessons can we learn from this? Whatever this is, because it doesn't have a name yet.

• Never believe your own hype.

I'm a firm believer in being your own biggest fan. As I say to my friends and as I've said on Twitter: "Be your own biggest fan and critic." The problem with believing your own hype is that you stop at fan, you never get to critic. When you are critical of yourself, you realise that you didn't make yourself. Other people were involved in your success. Being critical of yourself is acknowledging that you can always improve.

• You don't have haters, just people who don't agree with you.

In an effort to reinforce their own importance to themselves, many people insist on calling people who are critical "haters". There is now no longer a distinction between fair criticism and hate.

Some criticise because they are trying to help. Others criticise because they want your attention. Others simply because they don't like you. Learn to know who is who.

• More often than not we don't need saving from others, we need to be saved from ourselves.

Many times people shoot off their mouths and ask Jesus to help them and save them from haters and evil mongers of the Internet and real-life evil


The truth is that most of the time we set our own path towards destruction.

• The more successful you are, the more humble you should become.

Arrogance is all the rage lately. Be loud and show how strong you are, how you can stand against those vile people who try to shout you down. But when you have already made it and you are successful, you don't have to prove anything. Just be humble and your humility will propel you even further. Unfortunately, humility is not cool in 2011. It's just not winning.

• You can't surround yourself with people who agree with you all the time, who cheer you up when you should be humble.

You will have people who tell you that you are doing right when you are doing wrong, people who insist on helping you believe your own hype. Avoid these people because they want something from you. They won't be there when you need them, when you lose yourself, when you lose everything. When you realise this, they will be gone and they will have taken everything. And the people you shunned because they were telling the truth will still be there.

• It's important for people to have friends who can be real. When your friends are fans, you won't see the woods for the trees.

I think "Nonhle Goes Off on Twitter" is a highly entertaining reality show. It is fun to watch. We all really enjoy it. Is she self-destructing? The more I think about it, the more I realise she isn't. There is a plan here. It's badly calculated, but it's a plan nonetheless.

My prediction? This doesn't take rocket science. Thema is going to have another reality TV show.

I suspect it won't be on TV, it will be web-based reality TV. That's what the Twitter outrage is all about. It is to attract attention to it before it launches.

It will probably be how she managed to stay tough and survive the hate she got on Twitter when her show "Nonhle Goes to Hollywood" was being panned online. It's her revenge.

I would bet R20 with her, but I'm not rich like her, I need the R20. — News 24.

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