Sunday, 6 December 2015

Why the Emzini Wezinsizwa x KFC Ad is Just Sad

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A few months ago KFC (or their ad agency, is it still Ogilvy? Even after the black child as dog thing?) pulled a stunt that involved a pop culture reference that was, no doubt, meant to warm the hearts of the black people who queue for the chicken. The very black people who are usually shown dancing for that same chicken in the brand's usual advertising. The TV advert was meant to invoke a nostalgia.

But it is just a sad 30 seconds.


Saturday, 21 November 2015

Favourite New Characters

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I like TV. I watch quite a bit of it -- a lot in fact. I comment on TV and want South African TV to be its best in the way of content and funding and job creation. Basically, I want everyone to win and thrive. To be their best versions and just... o7 7 7.

So here I am, writing about my favourite new baes characters in the "daily drama" landscape.


Friday, 6 November 2015

The Bantu Hour


The Bantu Hour is here and I'm ready, fam.

Earlier in the week I saw a promo for a new Kagiso Lediga-led sketch comedy show just as it was closing. I got reasonably excited because he's a beast. I enjoy his humour. I'm also a very proud Pure Monate Show nostalgist even though I was 11/12 when it came out, and maybe saw a handful of episodes. If that.


Sunday, 18 October 2015

The Road Mzansi

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 My first experiences of the new Mzansi Magic show, The Road, came happened in passing. First a tweet from someone seemingly complaining that something called "#TheRoadMzansi" was taking place in two eras. I scrolled past because what's the point of investigating when I don't have DSTV through which to consume it. The next instance was seeing an ad wrapped around a quantum with beautiful people (Luthuli Dlamini, Nandi Mngoma, Gail Mabalane,) the words "The Road" and thinking, Nandi Mgoma's picture looks out of place. Like it was pulled from her ~personal~ publicity shots and tacked onto the collage. After watching the second week's episodes of The Road Mzansi, I have some answers.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Throwback to Mazinyo Dot Q

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I’ve never gotten into the spirit of “Throwback Thursdays” (or #TBT) because, who cares? That was until SABC 1 started broadcasting a season of Home Affairs again. That show was a gem, if you didn’t like it we probably have nothing to talk about because -- are you even a real person? Anyway, in reliving the greatness of Home Affairs I started thinking about other shows and TV ~moments~ that deserve a throwback. If you can afford Satellite TV and are lucky enuf to be watching SABC Encore -- nobody likes you -- count your blessings and share your favourite throwback moment. For my first throwback/remember when post is about the sitcom Mazinyo Dot Q.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

All About Umlilo

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The Simelane family of etv's popular drama, Umlilo, is coming back for a second season that promises to be filled with more drama. If you didn't watch the first season, this post is just for you -- it's a primer that will get you up to date with the world of Umlilo. If you did watch, please feel free to share your favourite Umlilo moments from the first season in the comments (#IskheberesheSehomewrecker).

When Umlilo began we met a relatively happy and functional family living in a polygamous household. The two wives were gearing up to throw their man a party and all was well. But then all hell sort of broke loose because there's another woman who's about to be brought into the household.

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

The Girls Are Not Safe on South African TV

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South African TV is rarely original. Often, you can watch a plot play out on three different shows in three different languages with three different characters. The resolution is usually the same. This is frustrating but it’s hardly anything new.

As a woman, as a feminist, it’s often hard to consume TV on surface levels because real life is really real* and putting it on screen as entertainment always blurs lines. (I enjoy Law & Order: SVU with the rest of the cult fans but it’s still triggering viewing.) Lately I’ve noticed a hardly-new way to tell stories crop up again in daily and weekly TV shows: girls and women being preyed upon.