Blogger explains his Bonang 'rent-a-black' statement
Blogger Phil Mphela has finally spoken out about his Glamour magazine statement.
Last week, Phil expressed that Bonang's Glamour cover was an exploitation of black faces in the industry. "Black magazines do not pay black celebrities for covers. White magazines only use people like Bonang on the cover when they need publicity," Phil said.
He added: "You are all just puppets including people like Bonang who have essentially become "rent a black" talent," he wrote on his page.
Bonang took offence and addressed Phil on Twitter. She told Phil to leave her alone if he can’t accept that she has broken a barrier in 2014. She added that he must never call her a puppet.
Phil has now taken to his blog to explain his intentions with the statement. He wrote: "I have NEVER had a fight with Bonang. No, there is no underlining issue we haven't settled."
He made it clear that he has no ill-will towards Bonang. "I was just as surprised as everyone else when our interaction the other night took the turn it did as my statement was not intended as an attack on her personally. I just used her name as collective representation of successful black talent. He added that he was was hurt that she had to use a homophobic inference and some insults.
He continued: "I will continue to support and share Bonang's achievements because I believe black success (in particular) has to be seen in this country so it can inspire our young people. Unfortunately I will also be frank and open about any negative opinions I might have where she is involved." Phil added that he meant no harm.
There you have it, guys. We hope this clears the air.