Metro FM DJs say no to Chris Brown

2012-12-18 10:26
Gabisile Ndebele, additional reporting by Sixolisiwe Ndawo
Johannesburg - Award-winning US singer Chris Brown might have a chart-topping song that appeals to the world not to judge him, but that has not ­resonated with two popular South ­African DJs.

Amon Mokoena and Thato ­Mataboge, who host a weekly midday show on Metro FM called The Secret Ingredient, flatly refused to interview Brown.

"We don't want to be associated with Chris Brown. We are busy pushing a positive message about 16 Days Against Women and Child Abuse and here we are being forced to entertain this concert. We all know what he did," Mataboge ­explained ­in an e-mail.

'It does not sit well with us'

In a chain of e-mails dated from 5-12 December between the pair and programming manager Caren Olsen, sales manager Hazel Tlhabanyane and station manager Martin Vilakazi, the two state their opposition to Brown's Carpe Diem tour concert currently in South Africa.

"It does not sit well with any of us. As a father to my daughter and as husbands to our wives who have never lifted even a finger to any female, it's compromising what we stand for as a show and individuals," continued Mataboge.

Chris Brown performed in Johannesburg on Saturday and in Durban on Monday on his Carpe Diem tour - and is set to perform two shows at Cape Town's Grand Arena on 19 and 20 December.

In February 2009, the night ­before the Grammy Awards, Brown assaulted singer girlfriend Rihanna after she allegedly threw away his Lamborghini keys during an altercation in the car.

Brown pleaded guilty and was sentenced to community service.

However, in the past few months, Rihanna and Brown have been spotted together on several occasions and are said to have ­revived their "friendship".

The Metro FM jocks' opposition to Brown’s concert is an echo of what has happened in some of the other countries he has visited ­during his tour.

In September, protesters in London defaced Brown's latest album, Fortune, when they stormed music stores and pasted stickers saying: "Do not buy this album! This man beats women."

Last month in Sweden, an anti-Brown crowd vandalised his posters by sticking the police mug shot of a battered RiRi on them.

'Schizophrenic impression on ­audiences'

Here at home, Mokoena and Mataboge's objections fell on deaf ears.

The station manager refused to indulge the matter despite other managers understanding the team's stance.

"We have a business to run, an interview has been booked and it needs to be executed accordingly," was Vilakazi's curt response.

But he was silenced by Johan van Rooyen, the acting general manager of SABC radio, who said Brown would cause the station to leave a "schizophrenic impression on ­audiences" at a time when it was supporting the anti-abuse cause.

"We are contradicting ourselves as the SABC by supporting the 16 Days campaign on the one hand and then interviewing Chris Brown, who has been exposed for beating up Rihanna.

"This could have the potential of harming our reputation with ­female audiences," wrote Van Rooyen in his e-mail.

'We are not hypocrites'

He then said he would take the matter up with radio group executive Lesley Ntloko as he felt very strongly about "double standards".

Spokesperson for the SABC Kaizer Kganyago said Mokoena and Mataboge's views were irrelevant to the business deal made between Metro FM and concert promoter Canoc Productions.

"The interview never happened because the promoter never brought the performer, but they would have had to (conduct the interview) because this was a business agreement we had made.

"We are not the sponsors of the show and we are not hypocrites. Chris Brown would be the best person to talk about the 16 Days campaign. Why are we against him ­confessing and coming out to ­admit he was wrong? (Local actor) Patrick Shai did the same thing and yet he is on our television screens," said Kganyago.

Meanwhile, one of the station's DJs, Adil More, has been "taken off schedule" after he allegedly arrived at work two hours late for his midday weekend slot. His co-host, Minenhle Dlamini, is likely to run the show on her own "until further notice".

"The station is having issues with Adil and we've had to not schedule him until the matter is solved," said Kganyago.


  • Gert van Coller - 2012-12-18 10:42

    Give those men a Bells!

      sherrill.petersen - 2012-12-18 10:56

      Absolute double cheers to that !!

      Bob.Cee123 - 2012-12-18 15:13

      @ boom.afridi.56 - When he demonstrates to the world he has matured since showing himself as a misogynistic coward, then maybe he will be given a chance. Up until now, it seems he hasn't learned any lessons. People will respond that he was provoked, but I will argue that he missed a golden opportunity to show the world he has grown up and the obvious reason for that is because he simply hasn't.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-18 16:37

      If Metro FM had to live by the moral code, very few South Africans would be interviewed on radio. Including many politicians. Interested in some names?

  • gerhard.uys.7 - 2012-12-18 10:47

    This is the type of behaviour South Africa is in need of - well done!

  • mswartzwilhase - 2012-12-18 10:50

    Hypocrites not so long ago dj oskido assaulted tina his x n dj euphonik assaulted bonang yet dey r still allowed on radio....ja ne things lyk these only happen in south africa

  • thabiso.modiga - 2012-12-18 11:01

    Publicity stunt. The guy said he was sorry for what he did and has subsequently made up with the girl in question. People should stop acting like they are faultless, we all have our shortcomings. Him being on your show does not necessarily mean you support his abusive behavior. Someone who's struggling with this issue could have had an opportunity to learn how Chris has dealt the past and how he has noved on. Saying no to him will just make you popular this week.

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:36

      The man hit a woman! No man should EVER do that. But you are saying it's OK to severely beat a woman, put her in hospital, then simply apologise and everything will be OK. He should be chemically castrated, as, as far as I am concerned, abuse like this against a woman is as bad as rape. Think again.

  • sherrill.petersen - 2012-12-18 11:04

    Hats off to those djs !! GREAT stuff.. LEAD SA and lead by example !! Say NO to ABUSE and ABUSERS !!

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-12-18 11:04

    Good call by the DJs. Hopefully in time Chris Brown will conduct himself with the humility and express genuine remorse that is reasonable expected of someone who genuinely regrets what they have done. It appears from his recent Twitter rants that he has not yet come to terms with what he did, and has not held himself fully accountable for his actions. Hopefully in time he will, but for now he does not deserve a platform for promotion of his material, nor for public relations purposes.

  • vanis.mulumba - 2012-12-18 11:04

    hahaha how funny these fools have me rolling, so now they have high standards trynna cramp Breezy's swag let him be, he messed up life goes on aint like the world gives a rat's ass about these nobody djs

  • mbali.msimango1 - 2012-12-18 11:05

    I think this is the most ridiculous action EVER! stupidity

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:38

      So I take it you support, unconditionally, men who beat women. That makes you a really poor role model, and a very sick individual.

  • sagren.narain - 2012-12-18 11:10

    These are men among men - well done guys. I struggle to explain to my staff (all young women) that this guy is an ass who beat up that girl so badly, but it falls on deaf ears. I have no response for the women going to this guys concert.

      Christina Antonio - 2012-12-18 14:03

      Jesus died on the cross for u and forgave ALL your sins!!! what give YOU the right not to forgive another human being?? NOBODY is perfect and we all make mistakes!!! The world would be a better place without people with bitter hearts that don't forgive!!!

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-18 15:08

      Jesus also created a hell for sinners. So the day that he abolishes hell and decides not to be two-faced about love and forgiveness, then maybe we can also forgive whole-heartedly.

  • mbalien - 2012-12-18 11:12

    Arg Amon and Thato must just go jump off a bridge

  • phumlani.loliwe - 2012-12-18 11:23

    That's why I stopped listenining to that show, those two are so bloody self-righteous...can we move on already coz Rihanna has, its been 3 years for crying out loud!

  • bheki.kamkhize - 2012-12-18 11:33

    I also think these two idiots DJs are haters of Chris Brown and I agree with Kaizer Kganyago ppl like Euphinik, Oskido and Patrick are still frequenting Metro FM in terms of play and SABC as actor (Patrick) A person like Chris Brown is best positioned to speak about women abuse. But most of all he did realise that he made a mistake and apologised, these two beauty queens are hypocrites qha!

  • Mosa Nkoane Libra - 2012-12-18 11:35

    i personally think its enough now, if the actual victim can forgive, why not us? We humans are really evil hearted, you expect God to forgive us for all our sins but yet we cant forgive other people's sins. Its been two flippin years now! lets move on, this dj's are opportunist.

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:39

      The man hit a woman! No man should EVER do that. But you are saying it's OK to severely beat a woman, put her in hospital, then simply apologise and everything will be OK. He should be chemically castrated, as, as far as I am concerned, abuse like this against a woman is as bad as rape. Think again.

  • Clerance Lephaka - 2012-12-18 11:42

    He is a human being,we all make mistakes,we need to learn to forgive.

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:40

      Forgiveness is NOT an option when a woman is beaten up.

  • nervern - 2012-12-18 11:53

    I admire these guys for standing up for what's right. Abuse is one of the biggest wrongs in this world, and what better way to make a statement.

  • shengeboy - 2012-12-18 11:54

    thats TSI for you....

  • ross.seward.1 - 2012-12-18 12:03

    Well done to the DJs good example for our youth and great to create awareness of abuse on all forms not just for woman and children but men as well. Just because he is famous and Rihanna has forgiven him I know plenty woman who keep forgiving and eventually end up dead as for comments about another SA personalities on the radio who are still on air has nothing to so with what these 2 DJs have stood up too. We should all be standing up and creating awareness

  • bonge.mpofu - 2012-12-18 12:13

    seems like black guys on this blog okay women beating?

      mbossenger - 2012-12-18 12:20

      Some black women too...

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:42

      Unfortunately, that seems to a true observation. How sad. How terrible. How disgusting. Welcome to Africa.

  • asadpat - 2012-12-18 12:21

    I solute these men. Morals come first

  • Lebogang Mawela - 2012-12-18 12:40

    le rata attention, bo dj be hating on the dude...the guy apologist countless of times admitting that what he did was wrong, move on ppl!!!

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:42

      The man hit a woman! No man should EVER do that. But you are saying it's OK to severely beat a woman, put her in hospital, then simply apologise and everything will be OK. He should be chemically castrated, as, as far as I am concerned, abuse like this against a woman is as bad as rape. Think again.

  • nteroes - 2012-12-18 12:49

    Fame and privacy

  • lucille.duggins - 2012-12-18 12:51

    Wow, you make one mistake it and it follows you for the rest of your life - if they did their homework, they will find that he is now working with a charity for domestic violence!! I thought God was the only one to judge us???

      cheryl.childs - 2012-12-18 13:13

      One mistake that SHOULD haunt him for the rest of his life. We need to start pushing back against this kind of thing and showing the world that it's not on. SA has such a high level of violence against women and kids, and yet the majority of people posting on this article have no problem with forgiving him. Disgusting.

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:46

      So, Lucille, you are suggesting that I can commit any crime I like, simply apologise for it, and move on? If your god was so darned omnipotent and prescient, why didn't he stop the abuse in the first place (and go go spouting off about "free will" - that argument is sick) I also reserve the right to judge an abuser such as this. My congratulations to the DJ's for making a stand.

  • Nico Baloyi - 2012-12-18 13:11

    yea i would say they just want attention dis so called dj' can hold grudge against other human being..really we nt perfect those dudes must learn 2 4gt nd forget..they not setting good example in our society

  • george.frangs - 2012-12-18 13:42

    We all know how this will end. Chris Brown will eventually beat RiRi to death, and everyone will cry WHY!? She's an idiot for taking him back. How many wife-beaters do you hear after the fact say, oh I'm sorry, and then down the line he beats her again, or worse. This will not end well.

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2012-12-18 13:56

    Women abuser*thumb down for him*.

  • Bob.Cee123 - 2012-12-18 14:03

    Doesn't appear that Chris Brown is mature enough to be given a public platform. He appears to be a raging misogynist.

  • - 2012-12-18 15:05

    Wo damnly cares abt those 2 midgets,we here to entertain team breezy fans,the album hits platinum,podiums get filled,people dance ad sing along,how many dudes hit them women bt still grace ya screens ad u make em cash in.states hiz 4given still Rees 4gave ma boy back 2 lv again,2015 still gon be back 4 de fans not haters.SA been so Great than nigeria.peace - 2012-12-19 02:54

      Deal wth it ain't jst a guy.

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:48

      romeo:- What on earth are you talking about? I assume you failed English.

  • Rebecca - 2012-12-18 15:12

    Oh please amon

  • Aaron Russells - 2012-12-18 15:40

    Stop the hate

  • Tony-Lapson - 2012-12-18 15:43

    Money and business trumps ethics and morality every time.

  • anda.mlonyeni - 2012-12-18 16:14 act like Chris goes around beating up women all the time. It was a one time thing and he paid his dues for it. Why can't they grant him an interview so could talk about the effects of domestic violence, I'm sure he would. We are just being ignorant and judgmental now; I'm sure if Euphonik now wants an interview with Metro FM they'll willingly give it to him

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:49

      The man hit a woman! No man should EVER do that. But you are saying it's OK to severely beat a woman, put her in hospital, then simply apologise and everything will be OK. He should be chemically castrated, as, as far as I am concerned, abuse like this against a woman is as bad as rape. Think again.

      anda.mlonyeni - 2012-12-20 12:19

      Brian; he who is without sin shall be the first to cast the stone. Who are you to judge? How many times must you remind him of that? And he didn't simply apologise; he did more than that. The woman he beat forgave him a long time ago, so why are you holding her grudge? You think again

  • CosmoAfro - 2012-12-18 17:30 Hope he learns from this experience.

  • dwayne.dick.5 - 2012-12-18 17:47

    The last album I bought was in 1993, why would you wanna buy something if you can just download it.?

  • henry.theron.90 - 2012-12-18 17:48

    Who cares about these nobody's djs Chris Brown and Team Breezy is here 2 stay so get off your high horses

  • silvy.ndlapo - 2012-12-18 17:51

    im sure u knw as wel as i do dat,evn though u dd intrview breezy dat doesnt affct hm coz he knws dat he servd his punishmnt n dey r 2gthr wth riri

      brian.connell.18 - 2012-12-19 12:51

      Another one who seems to have failed English exams. Pitiful.

  • pherene.steward - 2012-12-18 22:02

    Yoh and we say we don't judge! But its OK to interview Zuma who stood trial for rape! Isn't that also a form of abuse?

  • Manelisi Yem Yem McVala - 2012-12-18 22:21

    i am proud and am for the decision taken. I back u guys all the way. i actually thought as a nation we would not allow this concert to take place but then again we are living in a democratic country.

  • sulyman.claassen - 2012-12-19 08:21

    Funny how our president can rape a woman and still be the president of a country. I am not for woman and child abuse but just because Chris brown is a famous and beat his girlfriend don't give us right to get up on our high horse just because he and Rihanna are famous.How many woman and children have suffered in silence because they are not in spotlight. The closes our president came to doing time was a taking shower when he was done.Is Brown the only star or human in the would that made a mistake should he now be judge for the rest of his life or is he know the symbol of example for all woman that is abuse all over the world.

      Bauldouin Kahila Bdvu - 2013-04-30 13:50

      why on earth should we look @ the famous people ?? this guy has said '' there people out there who are suffering in silence and they need a voice'' the need people to look @ them with mercy, they need help. Guys we call our selfs a rainbow nation and we have human rights in this country; as much as we want to hear chris and judge him let us do the same by going out there and looking for ways to help people who are victims of rape and abuse. Big up to METRO FM DJs for saying No to chris brown.

  • nkosinathi.khoza2 - 2012-12-20 10:16

    it is not fair to chris bromn and the TSI is not about its presenters but about the fans ,why not ask the fans what they want ? Then thats you will say you want him or not to the show..

  • rodney.chenge - 2012-12-20 17:28

    South african men beat up their women the most. It, SA Has the highest rate of domestic violence in the world. Should any one be really judging a guy who has owned up to his wrongdoing. What more do you want? The guy paid already.

  • keneiloe.mthembu - 2013-01-11 15:42

    Are you all that perfect that you can judge and hold grudge..Jesus said,let he without a sin be the first to throw a stone

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