Metro FM #Unathigate drama goes viral

2013-05-23 11:48
Johannesburg - An open letter to Unathi Msengana from a Metro FM listener who calls the DJ rude and disrespectful has been causing quite a stir on social media, with the hashtag #Unathigate buzzing on Twitter.

Namhla, who calls herself "an avid First Avenue listener" wrote a scathing letter to TV host, singer and radio DJ Unathi Msengana in which she states how fed up she is with the way Unathi runs the show, cutting off callers and belittling their opinions.

The fan goes on to say that Unathi is "not presenting [former SABC music show] Castle Loud anymore" and the way she handles her listeners is "not pleasant and very unprofessional."

The letter opens as follows...


Dear Unathi

I trust you are well on this chilly Johannesburg morning.

After much hesitation, but with a lot of consideration, I have decided to pen you this open letter. Do not take anything written here as a personal attack on your overall character. I do not know you in a personal capacity; therefore all views expressed here onwards are solely based on you as a Metro FM morning show co-host.

I will first revert to two incidents from last week.

A metro FM listener called on Wednesday morning, to comment about a topic you guys were discussing about twerking. She directed a comment to you about how you should allow young girls to twerk as it was their form of dance equivalent to bumping and grinding back in your days (making reference to R. Kelly’s Bump ‘n Grind). She had obviously not heard your initial statement, where you had said YOU wouldn’t allow YOUR daughter to twerk. And Glen was kind enough to point out this little fact to her, in a polite manner. From what I had heard, she was about to respond and say that she obviously had misheard you [thought you had meant all girls in general]. Now you Mrs Msengana had to take the final jab at this listener and tell her that she needs to learn to listen. Your exact words were "if we are going to respect each other we have to learn to listen… Learn to listen… I said my daughter"… MEOW!! Catty much?  I frankly found it so unnecessary (because Glen had already checked her and informed her of her inaccuracy…) and just downright rude. It came across like you were ganging up on her and trying to put her in her place. Exactly which part about her response made you feel disrespected? So she misheard you, big deal. Correct her and keep it moving. There is no need to exasperate the situation and make it out to be something it is not. It just made you look like a mean, old bully.

I have noticed you have a tendency of making listeners look small. In isiZulu we would say "Uyaphoxana". I guess with time you have learned to conceal it so well, that even you miss it.

Read the full letter on Namhla's blog here.

SundayWorld reached out to Unathi for comment. Unathi said she had not read the letter yet, and had requested that Metro FM comment on her behalf.

"I have nothing to say. Don't put words in my mouth. If it's about my show, call Metro FM," she said.

Social media has reacted in full force to Namhla's public appeal to the DJ, many of them commending her for her bold letter agreeing with many of the issues Namhla raised.







But others have chosen to stand by Unathi.


Comments

  • Ofentse Gcwabe - 2013-05-23 12:16

    I think Namhla is an old groupie frustrated with her own life issues. She should check herself, like she is perfect. The radio station has different characters and that's why we love listening to it. Unathi sisi you are loved, she loves you I can even take it further she wants to be you she just doesn't know how.....Stay on your lane Namhla...stay on your lane!

      Johan Holtzhausen - 2013-05-23 12:50

      I agree with you on the different characters. For instance, Gareth Cliff will cut you off, but Fresh will never, but I enjoy both of them a lot.

  • Matome Lucky - 2013-05-23 12:34

    I don't listen 2Metro FM anymore, most of Metro FM DJs are rude and think they walk on the ocean, even Glen. So to solve my problem I am a loyal KayaFM listener

  • Julie Khoza - 2013-05-23 12:49

    well said Namhla..thank you

  • Tshepo Ally - 2013-05-23 13:01

    As a 5FM loyalist, I wouldn't know what exactly the ranting is all about. One thing is for sure though, Unathi is just like most women. It's in her nature. Chances are any other woman would adopt the very same attributes if she were to be based on that particular platform.

      Mello Maase - 2013-05-23 13:06

      witful observation

  • Nolubabalo Millie - 2013-05-23 13:02

    That's one hell of a well-written letter,but I'll tell you this much,Unathi is an opinionated woman. Why not listen to something else if she annoys you?

  • Candy Nobelungu Nhleko - 2013-05-23 13:07

    Thanx NAMHLA it was long overdue to tell her!she thinks she is a best thing that has ever been on air

      Siboniso Sabelo - 2013-05-23 19:07

      i also changed over to Xolani Gwala on SAFM bcoz of Unathi!

  • Nolubabalo Millie - 2013-05-23 13:09

    That's one hell of a well-written letter,but I'll tell you this much,Unathi is an opinionated woman. Why not just listen to something else if she annoys you?

  • bmaestro - 2013-05-23 13:24

    i listen to 5fm where Gareth Cliff also has Unathi Msenga tendencies,its so annoying

  • Zamaswazi Msibi - 2013-05-23 13:52

    Quite frankly, i agree 100% with the writer. I have stoped listening to the show because of this. My colleagues and i would always complain about Unathi's rudedess and self righteousness and how uncomfortable it makes one feel when you hear her talking to people the way she does...

  • Margaret Khoza - 2013-05-23 14:34

    I for one would like to agree with the letter. Just a few days ago I was talking to my friend, who like me is a die hard metro listener. I was really wondering if it was just me, or Unathi's attitude towards Metro FM listerner was spelling out "shut up and listen to me, I am on Radio and am very well learned, having gone to the best schools in the world" which is irelevant to the guy in the street. Radio is about entertainment and discussing pressing issues, it's not a stage to tell us about you and speak down on us or cut us off when we try to comment. In short, Unathi likes intermidating listeners. She is a bully on air. I think its high time that metro take a look at their DJ's.

      Nokubonga Noxie Khumalo - 2013-12-31 17:08

      Ppl need to understand we are all different in the way we communicate and behave so I don't think anyone has the right to attach someone especially when it is in ones place of employment as she can not even defend herself freely . She was right one needs to listen before they comment rule number one in school. So let's grow up and enjoy the show if it's too much for u then tune in another show.

      Nokubonga Noxie Khumalo - 2013-12-31 17:08

      Ppl need to understand we are all different in the way we communicate and behave so I don't think anyone has the right to attach someone especially when it is in ones place of employment as she can not even defend herself freely . She was right one needs to listen before they comment rule number one in school. So let's grow up and enjoy the show if it's too much for u then tune in another show.

  • Kabelo F Ntshudisane - 2013-05-24 09:36

    I just love listening to Unathi

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