Social media can be cruel and hurtful

Rhodé Marshall
Rhodé Marshall

Gqom artist Babes Wodumo has once again been a talking point on Twitter – but this time for all the wrong reasons.

On Wednesday evening a video was uploaded on to Wodumo’s Twitter account that shows a clip of singer Lady Zamar – as a guest judge on Idols SA – with someone, whose voice sounds exactly like Wodumo, mocking Lady Zamar because of her acne and calling her names while friends laugh in the background.

Since then there has been a lot of backlash over the video as Wodumo, from her official Twitter account, showed no remorse about what she said in the video.

“I said what I said and I don’t care if you guys hate me or not I’m proud. I meant what I said hence why the video is everywhere so that you guys can see !I can drop a song anytime you guys will still download it and book me as well so fokof,” the tweet read.

A day later Wodumo posted a video on her Instagram account and her boyfriend Mampintsha’s Twitter account about the incident, claiming that her Twitter was hacked, and that people should not listen to what was said in the video.

“I just wanted to say, just like I previously said, my 07999 number was hacked. This person hacked my Twitter. So, I’m not the one posting on Twitter, it’s not me. I don’t know what they’re saying but they’re sending stuff to me now on my Whatsapp saying ‘they’ll bring the heat or they’re swearing people’. I don’t know what’s going on guys but I’m trying to solve this,” she said.

Regardless of Wodumo possibly lying about cyberbullying another woman, the comments that followed were cruel. Online users said they wished she would be beaten again by Mampintsha. Some went as far as wishing her dead.

Since her decision to stay with Mampintsha, her abuser, many have written her off without taking into consideration that Wodumo’s journey to possible safety away from Mampintsha cannot be dictated to her.

They ignore that abusive relationships are complex, especially for someone whose career from a young age, livelihood, and therefore her confidence, is attached to her abuser.

Wodumo’s decision to stay with Mampintsha doesn’t diminish her experience and story or give permission to anyone to be cruel towards her and claim that she enjoys being abused.

Despite Wodumo’s decisions and very problematic behaviour recently, it’s very clear that she needs help, support and sympathy, from the same public that so effortlessly gives to famous male abusers.

If we are going to hold Wodumo accountable for her behaviour then some mature thought is required. It is not up to us to do the same thing to her that she’s being called out for.

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