Local comedian hits out at Steve Hofmeyr's sponsors

2014-11-05 13:05

Ventriloquist and comedian Conrad Koch has publicly challenged Steve Hofmeyer's sponsors for condoning the singer's controversial tweet a few days ago.

There was a huge public outcry in response to Steve's tweet, which read: "Sorry to offend you but in my books, Blacks were the architects of Apartheid go figure."

Conrad, who is well-known for his puppet Chester Missing, has weighed in on the situation by calling Pick n' Pay and Land Rover South Africa for continuing to sponsor the upcoming Afrikaans is Groot (AIG) festival, where Steve will be performing. 

Chester has become hugely popular for his role on the show, Late Night News with Loyiso Gola and for his satirical take on SA politics.

"The thing is you can’t argue with Steve because he has this completely ridiculous understanding of it all and not a masters degree in anthropology. He says these racist things without considering how it impacts on our society. The only reason he is sounding so loud is because the corporate world gives him credibility," Conrad posted on his blog. 

The comedian added that it was great of corporate companies like Pick n' Pay to support Afrikaans music but felt like this festival excluded other races.  Conrad also believed that if sponsors like Land Rover and Pick N Pay didn't condemn Steve's comments they were condoning it.

Pick n' Pay has made it clear that they are sponsoring a festival and not any individual.  Organisers of the music festival have since revealed that Steve will still perform at the festival. "It is not the function of AIG to get involved or comment on the personal or public viewpoints of any artist, including Steve,"spokesman Barnard Beukman said in a statement.

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