In these times of superfluous fame, those who have managed to attain genuine celebrity need to be careful about who they have around them.
Famous people finding themselves in situations like the ones Tumi Molekane (aka Stogie T) and Boity Thulo recently did can make life uncomfortable.
Molekane got into a tussle with Nota Baloyi, who claimed to have pinned the rapper down and ripped his clothes.
Baloyi was then carried out of the club with his ensemble intact, according to him.
A more severe celebrity kerfuffle happened between radio personality Bujy Bikwa and Thulo, who was badly injured by Bikwa after he allegedly threw a bottle at her face. This week, an audio recording surfaced of the incident and the voices on it sounded like rambling drunk people who had stayed at a party a little too long.
Thulo and Bikwa hurl insults back and forth at one another about ancestors and wigs, but all in a sassy manner until the moment erupts with raised voices and expletives thrown around.
It’s puzzling that things degenerated so quickly.
What kind of friends are these? They hit “record” on their cellphone instead of intervening before Thulo is hit in the face with a bottle?
If the issue is that Bikwa is not only loud, but also a rather hefty and fearsome man, call the manager over. Grab a waiter or, better yet, a bouncer.
Those people failed Thulo. At least in Molekane and Baloyi’s case, the people around them got on their feet before things got out of hand. Theirs, in the end, looked like a poorly choreographed fight scene.
I always thought there was an art to being part of a famous person’s entourage. Perhaps the US TV classic Entourage helped build some of these perceptions.
An entourage should usually have a cook or someone handy with the pots, a manager and then one or two friends from the star’s old life.
They’re perhaps rougher around the edges, or maybe even did a bid or two, but their role is to be the muscle, the blockers. Anything that looks like it could jeopardise the star’s career, they handle at all costs. But South Africa is not HBO and obviously that isn’t how things work here, however, this whole thing could have been avoided.
Thulo, you’re one of the “it” girls in the country. Why are you hanging in the same area as Bikwa? Where was your manager, Bash? Your friends should have led you away from this altercation.
When the dust settles and Bikwa is sentenced, as he should be, you would be advised to revaluate your clique because those who were around you at that club did an abysmal job.