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2011-09-16 13:51
 
Cape Town – The director of Mr Gay South Africa - who's also a practicing lawyer in Pretoria - has voiced his opposition to the statements made by singer André Swiegers on his Facebook page.

Swiegers' post read: "If someone is gay, I accept it. It remains weird that some gay men swing their asses when they walk (sometimes looks as if they're clenching a credit card between their buttocks).

"It's usually also that group who puts on a show with their hands while speaking with affected voices. Don't understand it; most refined women don't even speak like that. There are very few things as irritating as people who put up a show."

Kukkuk wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday: "He (Swiegers) does not occupy any position from which he can be fired; he is using these remarks to draw attention to his so-called singing career; knowing full well that it would elicit reaction. It is reprehensible."

According to Kukkuk Swiegers' "derogatory remarks on Facebook are homo and transphopic".

'Ignorant'

"It shows that he is ignorant of the politics of sexual orientation, and especially of gender identity. The fact is that thousands of transgender people simply cannot help that they are the way they are and/or with which gender roles they identify.

"Swiegers is worsening the situation by not repudiating or removing the extremely homophobic - and bordering on hate speech - remarks made by his followers after he posted his own. He calls out a gay debate, yet he blocks any person, including this writer, that differs from him. Thus, it is not a debate at all."

In a poll on Afrikaans news site Nuus24, 47% of people (784 votes) said that Swiegers can keep his opinion to himself.

Altogether 35% (576 votes) said that Swiegers has hit the nail on the head with his remarks.

The remaining 18% voted for "what ever happened to freedom of speech?".


- Die Burger

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