Media personality Thulasizwe “Lasizwe” Dambuza has released a video apologising to the LGBTQIA+ community after a joke he made left some offended.
The apology came after the 21-year-old posted an airbrushed picture of himself wearing a wig captioned, “If sis bhuti was a person.” The post left many offended as the term “sis bhuti” is derogatory, commonly used against gay men.
Taking to Instagram, Lasizwe sincerely apologised to those he offended and took full responsibility for his actions.
“To me, when I was posting that image I was making a joke like I always do, but I have offended some people,” he said. “I received a few calls about that post. Especially my mentors and people that are older than me really did reach out to let me know what it did was not cool as such terms were used to make people feel small,” he added.
He went on to explain his reason for using the term. He said people had been using it to describe him his whole life and he used it to take back the power from those who used such terms to insult members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“The moment you start claiming and saying, ‘So what if you call me sis bhuti? I am okay with it’, you take the power away from that person.”
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