Whatever you have to say about e.tv’s newreality show, it definitely won’t be …

2011-10-01 00:00

KENNY Kunene’s reality show So What that premiered on e.tv last Saturday is one of those performances that one loves to hate. You love it because you get hooked on the sushi king’s antics with his friend, ex-convict-turned businessperson Gayton Mackenzie. While your righteous side hates it because his eloquent, flamboyant lifestyle is rubbed in your face, the show lets the public into the tycoon’s life and intersects with his controversial presence and his entourage, former Miss South Africa Moloko McKenzie, ZAR fashion editor Kieran Lindeque and staunch Afrikaner Riaan Jonker.

One wonders just how scripted the show is.

Says Kunene, “The show is about my real life and everything is real. I do not do things to be politically correct. I have had a great struggle to get to where I am and I enjoy life. The people who are in my show are part of my world. Gayton is my friend and the other people work for me. There are no actors. That is what makes my show different from the rest of the shows out there. You will see me travel across the world and [you will see me] interact with my family.”

Truth or fiction, the pilot episode had us guessing as Kunene and Mackenzie get flagged down by traffic officers on the way to the wedding of President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile, in the Free State. With a quick shrug and “do you know who I am?” they are released to carry on their journey.

Before the end of the show social networks were abuzz with positive and negative responses. Independent TV critic and blogger Thinus Ferreira deems the show to be embarrassing and a badly done TV production that merely strokes Kunene’s ego.

Kunene supposedly gets pulled over by traffic officers, yet the camera is already on the side of the road before he gets pulled over. Either the producers knew and planned it beforehand, or did a retake after the fact and restaged it.

“Viewers do not want to see shameless fame and attention-seeking people who add nothing to the conversation when they’re struggling to pay their bills and wondering about the high cost of electricity,” said Ferreira.

Kunene says he welcomes the good and bad feedback and the negative press in the media.

“The feedback has been supportive, but there will be haters but I do not care about them. I am a public figure and I have to accept the things that come with that lifestyle. I won’t lie, it is tiring to have people continuously questioning me about my money, but they come with being the biggest celebrity at the moment. The stories in the media about my Central Rand gold mine are really not about the company, but about character assassination.”

With controversy being his middle name there is also the perception of him being a womaniser — eating sushi off naked woman, licking champagne off Khanyi Mbau’s body and being linked to YFM traffic girl Eda Rose.

“I do not know why people get shocked or outraged when I eat sushi off women or lick champagne off Khanyi Mbau’s body or kiss her on the lips. I am not dating any of these women. We are just having fun. I am also entertaining, which is why people love to watch.”

Tune into the So What show at 7.30 tonight on e.tv.

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