Skip to content

Pearl Thusi sparks debate on colourism in SA

TV personality and actress Pearl Thusi has once again come out to defend herself from critics who believe she only gets gigs because of her skin colour.

The star created a lengthy thread on social media after someone mentioned her in a tweet about Sho Madjozi winning a BET Award.

The criticism was that Sho Madjozi had won the award because of her light skin and made reference to Thusi  as an example of another celebrity  who was successful because of her skin colour.

"If she (Madjozi) were dark, no one would entertain her talent, which is not really there to begin with if you think about it. Just like my homegirl Pearl Thusi = no talent," said the tweet. 

Thusi wasn't impressed and responded: "And 15 years of hard work I've put in means jack sh*t here. It's incredible how your entire being can all come down to your skin colour. I dare them to say this about the likes of Beyonce, Diana Ross, Angela Davis. As if there wasn't an Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone or Miriam Makeba"

She added that anyone who had a problem with her skin colour could "go and suck it".

"Everyone who thinks the only merit I have in my career is skin colour can all go suck it. Keep using my skin colour as a comfort for your own failures. Niyanya. Tsek.

"When people want what you have, and have no idea how you got it, they'll find a ridiculous reason to justify their lack through something that is beyond their and your control. When you have what people want, they'll find any reason to comfort themselves by disregarding your merit to success."

Anything I achieved - anything- oh its because she's light

If someone was kind to me- it's because I'm light

If I cried- she thinks she's special because she's light.

Everything was about it

BUT I REFUSE to let ANYONE downplay all my hard work down to my skin colour. FUCK THAT.

— #QueenSono (@PearlThusi) June 26, 2019

Here's how others responded to light skin privilege: 

Pearl Thusi blocked me for telling her the truth because she herself benefits from colourism. Your celebrities are exhausting.

— ChocLaDesh (@MissThato) June 26, 2019 People dragging Pearl Thusi for not being a product of "tall, dark and handsome". Come on guys , this girl works her butt off. She deserves all the good things in life.

— Mathapelo Pule (@mathapelo_pule) June 27, 2019 But let's be real. How is it possible that the only internationally successful South Africans look a certain way but don't represent the majority yet we can't discuss the obvious colourism? Pearl Thusi, Sho Madjozi, Trevor Noah.... Also what art qualification does she have? None

— Nandi (@FailedFoodie) June 27, 2019

Share this article: