Amstel withdraws Podcast and Chill sponsorship after transphobic comments

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Amstel has withdrawn its sponsorship of the YouTube series Podcast and Chill following offensive comments by hosts MacG (Macgyver Mukwevho) and Sol Phenduka on a recent episode.

MacG and Sol made grossly offensive remarks about a transgender woman during the episode

Sharing a statement with Channel24, Amstel said: "The Amstel brand, locally and globally, is centred around friendship and inclusion of all people, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation, without discrimination, and we distance ourselves from any transphobic and homophobic views. We have officially parted ways with Podcast and Chill with MacG and will no longer be a partner as of 1 December 2021."

Studio88 and Old Mutual withdrew their sponsorship earlier this year, citing the show's "harmful and offensive" commentary about the LGBTQI+ community.

It has been a controversial week for the MacG and Podcast and Chill, with guest Jub Jub (Molemo Maarohany) making lewd comments about women on Wednesday's episode, which aired on Channel O.  

Actor Amanda du Pont and broadcaster Masechaba Khumalo have since accused Jub Jub of rape.

READ MORE | Amanda du Pont and Masechaba Khumalo accuse Jub Jub of rape

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