Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Tastic "Avulekile" TV AD

The worst part about this new Tastic ad isn't even that they are singing about rice. I mean, sure this choir can sing. Whatever. The boring factor -- I mean how many times are advertising agencies going to sit around and say, "LIGHT BULB. We could make x sing. Hopefully dance. But singing is key for this communication strategy"? It's boring.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Clickbait -- On Generations' Wandile Radebe

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Chiedza "Chi" Mhende as Wandile Radebe
When the third Radebe brother debuted on the spinoff of South Africa's favourite soapie – the show formerly known as Generations - No Disclaimer --, I wasn't paying much attention. He was good-looking enough, if boyish. He had a funny accent and a tender way about him. I was too pre-occupied with Nkululeko Tshirumbula's turn as the second Radebe brother, Vuyo. It was interesting to watch Tshirumbula because I had no idea, while he was on Muvhango, that his acting could reach this depth. His Gundo seemed like rock bottom but his Vuyo proved there is a level lower.

The first time I took a second look at the Wandile Radebe character was when my sister related to me a rumour from her high school that Wandile Radebe is played by a woman. The character had always presented male to me on screen, a beautiful boy. So i thought, oh the actor is trans! Maybe he had been in a newspaper talking about transitioning and his trans experience. You know how we are all still learning about gender. Good on Generations!