Steve Hofmeyr in Twitter spat

2012-10-07 12:29
Charl Blignaut, City Press
Pretoria - The two entertainers have crossed swords frequently on their blogs.

Now Afrikaans pop idol Steve Hofmeyr has made death threats against comedian John Vlismas on Twitter, but denies he’s engaged in hate speech.

Hofmeyr this week told City Press he wasn’t joking when he stood up at the Comedy Central Roast and shoved a page of Vlismas’ script in the edgy comedian’s mouth.

In fact, says Hofmeyr, the only reason he restrained himself from “blikseming” the “tasteless” roaster was because Vlismas “is too short to hit and it would have ruined the evening for Comedy Central”.

Contacted for a response, Vlismas chuckled and said: “Bingo, Vlismas! You’ve done it. I’m very proud of the fact that I got to him. I’ve always set out to provoke.”

Moer him

When a Twitter fan suggested that Hofmeyr should have gone ahead and “moered” him, he tweeted: “I will still.”

But that was tame compared to Hofmeyr’s most controversial tweet.

The day after the roast, he posted: “I wanted to, but someone WILL assassinate Vlismas and I want to be there.”

Vlismas responded, saying: “That’s unconstitutional. Isn’t that hate speech?

I hadn’t been aware of it, but actually I have no emotional response. It’s Twitter.

I don’t follow the rantings of a middle-aged, average Neil Diamond impersonator.

Typical, he’d like to watch me being killed but not do it himself.”

Not going too far

This week, Hofmeyr denied going too far.

“Hate speech is when you say you are going to murder someone, and not in the context of a discussion about Comedy Central.”

He said he also found comedian David Kau offensive, but laughed in the spirit of the evening.

Outside the context of the roast, though, he said: “Kau would still be bleeding from the left eyeball.”

He added that Vlismas’ joke about slain rightwing leader Eugene Terre’Blanche engaging in gay sex was hate speech.

It was that joke – edited out of the broadcast – that caused him to shove the script in Vlismas’s mouth. He warned that Vlismas was turning up the heat for himself in the Afrikaans community.

“Four of my ‘black’ jokes were removed before the taping and I’m not crying. There are boundaries and I prefer it that way.”


The two entertainers have crossed swords frequently on their blogs and in online columns. Hofmeyr has accused Vlismas of generating propaganda against Afrikaners in his comedy routines.

Vlismas responded, saying: “When did you become an authority on humanity? Steve, you’re the people’s pop tart, friend, and a good one. You made music to fulfil your dreams: wealth, fame and as much sex as one can cram into a small life. Hardly the stuff Bikos are made of.”

About the comedian’s politics, Hofmeyr said: “Liberal prescriptions can’t help you when what one really needs is a long rake to scrape you off the ceiling.”


  • hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-07 12:32

    Who cares - not me.

      murray.collyer - 2012-10-07 14:34

      jason.children - 2012-10-08 09:04

      That is what a roast is all about, some of the things said in the American versions are really bad. South Africans need to stop being so damn serious.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-10-07 12:35

    All roasts are tasteless and offensive.... did the Great steve hofmeyer truly think he was exempt? Twit

      Anja Swanepoel - 2012-10-07 12:40

      Top news. Really? I'm surprised what they had for breakfast and whether they use 1 ply or 2 ply toilet paper was not mentioned in the article. Who cares?!

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-10-07 12:36

    Racism is alive and well in this country.

      hermann.hanekom - 2012-10-07 12:40

      Especially from the quarters of the not so white part of the nation.

      jackey.moss - 2012-10-09 12:28

      Are we playing the victim now ???

  • Jellyarse - 2012-10-07 12:39

    Vlismas is absolutely correct - Steve Hoffmoer is a nasty, inferiority complexed, arrogant little man who does a lousy Neil Diamond!Anywhere else in the world he'd be laughed off the stage as he wouldn't even get through to round one of Batavia's Got Talent!

      Jellyarse - 2012-10-07 12:53

      It's OK Steve, your thumbs down means nothing, as you do!

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-10-07 15:35

      You forgot to mention how common and creepy he is. I really think low of my countrymen for making him famous

      merven.halo - 2012-10-08 10:02

      Thanks for leaving.

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-08 13:39

      Jellyfish, jellybackbone whatever ... isn't it funny how cultures differ? When John Vlismas was called to do his roasting speech, I had never heard of the guy, but saw someone who looked ridiculous & stupid. When he opened his mouth my dislike grew. What a weird little character gives me the creeps just to look at him!

      lionel.defrontignac - 2012-10-08 16:19

      @Amelia Maybe Vlismas is weird, but to use the word "culture" when discussing Hofmeyer? Mutually exclusive. Steve is a crass, stupid misogynistic demagogue, punching (pun intended) above his weight, and who is no different to Malema. This is evidenced by his behaviour, and choice of words, which indicate that he is too stupid to engage in debate or argument, but chooses violence, or threats thereof, if he doesn't get his way. Hy moet huistoe gaan.

      amelia.basson - 2012-10-08 22:08

      Sorry Lionel I just think all you guys are jealous! I watched the whole show and thought Steve & Minky showed the most class. The rest just swore like sailors and acted like crass, stupid, misogynistic demagogues, which I don't find funny.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:45

      Steve for president!!!!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:46

      Lionel - hy is by die huis - he has as much right to be here than you have - at least he's got guts

  • boltonbarry - 2012-10-07 13:09

    Steve is Dof.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-10-07 21:36

      Steve Dofmeyer then?

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:46

      So are you

  • theknightingale - 2012-10-07 13:10

    We won't be watching roast again it turned out to be most political

  • ralph.gibson.96 - 2012-10-07 13:28

    Steve het ontsettend baie vir musiek in S.A gedoen. Hy is nie bang om sy ontsteldheid oor die toestand van die land uit te spreek nie. Behalwe vir 'n vulgere vuilbek, wie is John Vlismas???? Uitgeteerde klein teertou. Steve, trek sy balsak oor sy kop en trap hom soos n Armstrong resies fiets.

      pearson.botha - 2012-10-12 10:30

      Steve het ontsettend baie vir musiek in S.A gedoen.." Hey Ralph. Don't confuse quantity with quality. All Afrikaans music in Hofmeyer's market is (unoriginal) garbage, recycled as garbage...

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:47

      Well said!!!!!

      Tertia Smit - 2014-11-21 19:16

      n Tipiese Steve-aanhanger reaksie. Daar is amper altyd een of ander belediging in en gewoonlik oor hoe iemand lyk. Op die vlak van Julius Malema. Geluk!

  • Cesley Cooke Olivier - 2012-10-07 13:58


  • Bernard Malan - 2012-10-07 14:05

    Hmm as niemand meer jou cds wil koop nie sal jy seker enigeiets doen vir bietjie publisiteit. Steve wie...?

      paddy.pereira - 2012-10-08 14:05

      Some say good ole Bernard , others tell the truth !!!

      Johan Engelbrecht - 2013-12-06 21:18

      Jo mond is ma lekker groot geelgat wie is jy net n naam

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:47

      Bernard wie?

      Tertia Smit - 2014-11-21 19:19

      Standaard reaksie van die Hofmeyr-fans: Wie is.............? (Asof net celebs tel. Hel tog) n belediging of twee ( Soooooooo "volwasse")

  • eriki.masha - 2012-10-07 14:13

    Ha! Ha! Mr Hofmeyr you should learn to do that. Laugh it off man

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:48

      Some things are not laughable

  • Lee.CPT.ZA - 2012-10-07 14:14

    Hey VILMAS, dont know who you are or even if you are a hilarious comedian, but what has hell has Neal Diamond ever done to you! Why compare the ass-wipe Hofmeyer to him? But dont fear Hofmeyer's status as bieng the most dangerous man in RSA.... it so only cause he is stupid!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-08 10:06

      what has hell has Neal Diamond ever done to you But dont fear bieng? Talk about the kettle calling the pot black.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-10-09 03:30

      Please do not comment if you are so uneducated not to know what in impersonator is. You stay quite we might think you stupid. You type we Know you are!!!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:49

      At least he is not a veraaier like so many asses

  • willie.dique - 2012-10-07 14:20


  • ibogainesa - 2012-10-07 14:39

    Steves head is bigger than his body !!

      Steven Trollip - 2012-10-07 14:44

      You've got it wrong platneus

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:49

      But his brains are bigger than most

  • dylan.mugabe - 2012-10-07 14:48

    Steve Hofmeyer is an embarrassment to South Africa, Afrikaaners and humanity in general. He has a small mind and a big ego. A dangerous combination.

      ryan.a.smith.3958 - 2012-10-07 15:46

      unless your surname is mugabe, the only embarrassment is you thinking its cool.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:50

      Speak for yourself

  • diran.pillay - 2012-10-07 14:58

    Comedy Central needed a dumb ass like the Hof to get the ratings up.

      cynthia.smith.71619533 - 2012-10-08 14:31

      Steve, if you could sing, maybe people wouldn't dislike you so much.

  • Omnivore - 2012-10-07 15:46

    Steve is is n talentlose pateet. Ek skaam my dood vir Afrikaners soos hy.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:51

      Speak for yourself

  • Omnivore - 2012-10-07 15:48

    Elbie dan skaam ek my vir jou part ook.

  • juan.botes.75 - 2012-10-07 15:55

    Steve bliksem sy regte in hom in...danq dat jy opstaan vir dit wat reg is...

  • john.m.mcdowall - 2012-10-07 16:43

    What lowlife troll. I mean Hofmeyer

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:51

      At least he is not blinded by stupidity

  • mark.webb.50 - 2012-10-07 18:14

    pathetic 2 grown men

  • leonard.nel - 2012-10-07 20:32

    So the Roast of Steve Hofmeyr was supposed to be about Steve. Why did John bring Eugene Terre’Blanche into it? Now that is common.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-10-07 21:34

    So this steve thing dont have a sense of humour neh

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:52

      Steve human being to you

  • dharmesh.dhaya - 2012-10-07 22:57

    Steve is a twit. It's our own fault for making him feel special/important. Terrible role model.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:53

      At least he he has the guts to stand up for what he believes in - not following like the rest of the sheep

  • trevor.bush.9655 - 2012-10-08 02:24

    Vlismis response is typical of a big mouth coward, wait till he does get smacked, that will shut his trap up. You can't poke people and not expect at some stage to get smacked, to hide behind the a man Vlismis FFS.

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-08 04:48

      Vlismas also got poked in that roast, got called the offspring of satan

      whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-09 00:16

      Don't go on a roast if you don't want to get roasted. It doesn't take much brain power to figure that out.

  • piet.hannibol - 2012-10-08 07:20

    Naspers ai... use your news platform to sensationalize tasteless comedy on your pay TV channels. And you got Steve and John to play with. Lotsa $ nê?

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-10-08 07:40

    what a load of poo, hofmeyer, you a prick and will always be a stupid dutchman!!!!

      merven.halo - 2012-10-08 10:08

      "you stupid dutchman!!!!" Rich coming from a idiot with the surname: buitenbag...

      piet.hannibol - 2012-10-08 13:59

      Merven, I cant help but to say Amen.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:54

      And you just plain stupid

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:54

      Meven most probably another veraaier

  • kurtmaurice.roman - 2012-10-08 08:42

    Oh get over it STEVE. Your know everything said in the roast is true... ASS

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:55

      ass h0le

  • jan.human - 2012-10-08 08:43

    Die barbare het geen morele standaarde nie..Hulle wakker net meer haat en rassisme aan..Beste is om nie na die snert te kyk nie.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:55

      Hy kom ten minste vir die blankes op wat doen jy?

  • candy.hooke - 2012-10-08 09:21

    seriously? why offer yourself to be roasted and then you can't take it? loser

  • peter.woods.142 - 2012-10-08 10:08

    When are the afrikaaner and Boere going to admit that they are coloured mense,they are not white at all.They left the cape in their ox wagons,took some local women to keep them happy on the great trek,highjack the local fanagalo,called it afrikaans and now profess to be white.hulle is kleurlinge,nie wit nie!!!!!so what is steve defending???

      natasha.groenewald1 - 2012-10-08 10:29

      Peter seriously shut the *&^%$ up before you hurt yourself. Your half assed uninformed comments are as offensive as the tripe Steve Hofmeyer spits out. I am WHITE and I grew up AFRIKAANS, speak ENGLISH and bits of broken ZULU, although my father is a RUSSIAN Jew and my mother english/french. I am only the 2nd generation from my family to be born in this country so tell me exactly at which point am I coloured? My husband is of German decent so my kids are Russian-Jew-German-Afrikaans-English-Coloured or what then?? Your comments are not only racist and offensive towards the white DUTCH men and woman who fought for independance from the oppressive English but also to the "local" woman of that time whom you think were happy to abandon their own lives to go keep the boere company. The "local fanagalo" was Dutch by the way. You are as shallow, uninformed, racist and offensive as Steve.

      peter.beltingser - 2012-10-08 10:49

      @SheThinker. Take a chill pill dude. I'm also a white Afrikaner, but did not take any offense to his post. I'm sure he did not aim this at you specifically, but rather at the average Afrikaner. He is correct in that your average Afrikaner does have more "other" genetics in him than Caucasian people from a purely European background who lives in Europe.

      natasha.groenewald1 - 2012-10-08 11:20

      "They left the cape in their ox wagons,took some local women to keep them happy on the great trek,highjack the local fanagalo,called it afrikaans and now profess to be white" - this is what I find highly offensive. There is absolutely no justification in belitteling the men, woman and children who faught and died for the oppertunity to be a free nation. If they did not we would probably be flying the Union Jack and singing God save the Queen today so show some educated respect. There is a huge difference between the Afrikaaner/Boere who paved the way in ox wagons and as you put it the average Afrikaaner of today. Steve Hofmeyer is a twit and an embarrasement. This has NOTHING to do with genetics mixed or pure. If however it has then I would assume all black people are uneducated criminals, all colourds cape flat tik smoking gang members, all chinese oppressive communists, all Indians untrustworthy, all English whites imperialists and all white Afrikaaners racists and pureists?

      peter.woods.142 - 2012-10-08 14:16

      SheThinker,with your bloodline,you are more coloured than me.Now,lets try and educate you.That fanagalo spoken in the kitchens of the Cape may have had a dutch influence but was not completely dutch.The locals (slaves???) formed that language from all the languages spoken there at the time.There is also a malay influence.Boere or Afrikaaner as a peoples do not come from Europe,but are descendants of those that did.The blackness of the Afrikaaner may have been bred out over time but the genetics remain ,(Watch the movie SKIN)(see Rabbit proof fence,an ozzie movie).So , if you call yourself an Afrikaaner or Boere and you have a connection to the great trek,you are not white,by European standards. Try visiting the Voortrekker monument in Pretoria,something all south Africans should do,its very informative.The great trek is depicted on its walls,you will also notice that as the oom walks next to wagon with his whip,the tannie sits in the front of the wagon with her "dutch" attire,you never see her face,was she white? Observe the physical attributes of the average Boere/Afrikaaner in SA,it has a strong black influence,hair,nose and hips.Not very European,not very white!. Welcome home cuzin!!!!!!!!!!! Please refer to peter.beltingser`s post.

      wehan.victor - 2012-10-08 15:11

      @Peter.woods You claim to know an awful lot about the Afrikaner. Why not provide some ACTUAL proof of your statement. Not movies or murals,but proof. So terloops, jy het Afrikaner verkeerd gespel.

      natasha.groenewald1 - 2012-10-09 08:00

      @peterwoods. You last post gave me an incurable disease and might die within the hour. Now that you have educated me about the pictures on the Voortrekker monument I have come to 2 very cold realisations. History books are wrong and you have uncovered a lie as shocking as the DaVinci code. I will simply have to challange factual history regarding the Voortrekker who were WHITE DUTCH men and woman from mainly the Eastern Cape who packed their things because they believed that they were cosen by their god to rule over themselves and their own country (they were pureists by the way) and left with 4000 coloured servants in tow, established new colonies in KZN, Free State and Natal because they did not like Dutch ad later British rule, and the Trekboere who were French Hugonotes, Dutch and German nomadic farmers who rebelled against Dutch rule and wanter to be free burghers. The word "grensboer" and "boer" or farmer originated from these people. The Voortrekker and the Trekboers are collectively know as Boere BUT the Dutch Boere who remained in the Western Cape and spoke Afrikaans became known as Afrikaners. The term Afrikaners were then given to anyone who spoke Afrikaans regardless of skin colour. The KZN Colourds are from British/Zulu mix, The Griquas from Khoisan/Afrikaner Trekboer mix, with the Cape Malay people originating from Indonesia. Somehow historians also got it incorrect that the Voortrekkers spoke Dutch.

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:56

      Peter so what do you fall under? albino?

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 16:57

      Peter just by stating average afrikaner shows your intelligence or lack thereof

  • michael.awood.313 - 2012-10-08 10:42

    steve....whats next up your sleeve?

  • Sharon - 2012-10-08 11:02

    Go Steve! John Vlismas is a foul mouthed little retard. He is not funny, says political things that should not be dug up again, and swears way too much

  • franco.ferreira.773 - 2012-10-08 11:31

    I knew that SA was not ready for a roast of this nature. Too many chips still on the shoulders. And this was tame compared to the State's.

  • riotousr - 2012-10-08 11:51

    Who are the people involved here. Do they sing or dance. Do they drink or what are they talking about? Iam lost.

  • HayleyEL - 2012-10-08 11:54

    LOVE VLISMAS!! What a legend!!

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-10-08 13:31

    Someone should shut Vlismas' FILTHY mouth?

  • amelia.basson - 2012-10-08 13:33

    Its funny how cultures differ ... when John Vlismas was called to do his roasting speech, I had never heard of the guy but thought he looked ridiculous, greasy and creepy. When he opened his mouth my dislike grew. What a weird little character!

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-10-08 15:32

    Just goes to prove that that bunch of effing morons at news 24 delete any comment they dislike - go f--k yoursleves! I'm out of here for good.

  • markus.fischer.334 - 2012-10-08 16:01

    Geez, since when is Steve's identity tied into what everyone thinks......low self-esteem bru?

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-10-08 16:07

    Steve is a troll of note

  • davorin.dobrovic - 2012-10-08 17:07

    mommy he was mean about meeeeee!!! :'(

  • Jpeters81 - 2012-10-08 18:08

    Oh shut it Steve..... You can give it but you can't take it you racist!!!!

      Audrey Pearl Meyer - 2014-10-12 17:02

      Because he stands up for people the racist card gets pulled again - he can take it that's why he stands up for what he believes in - more than the big mouths who do nothing

  • elli.edwards - 2012-10-08 23:18

    Is this news?

  • whatda.fuqbro - 2012-10-09 00:25

    Remind me why we give Hoffmeyer any attention again? Then again we do give Malema plenty of coverage and both of them are repulsive, low-IQ, intolerant chumps who're always looking for attention and/or sympathy.

      akal.singh.311 - 2012-10-09 10:21

      Charlie Sheen handled a roasting of note without losing his cool, but this neanderthal couldn't. It should have been expected.

  • nervern - 2012-10-09 10:16

    Steve Hoffeier is die slegste singer wat ek al ooit gehoor het. En flougat ook, nes 90% van boere musiek(robbie wessels uitgesluit). Met die land se ultra konserwatiewe houding het ek van dag een geweet dat die roast net strond gaan veroorsaak. En btw hou op stry oor afrikaans, die hele wereld weet dis die bruinman se invention, toe pak julle uit die kaap en noem Kaaps Afrikaans somaar Oosgrens Afrikaans om julle eie identiteit te help skep.ja wat dis darem sad om uit te vind dat daar bestaan nie iets soos suiwer rasse nie...shame man...moetie huil nie.

  • andree2 - 2012-10-09 11:57

    Ag loop lek julle altwee.. You both need Jesus in your boring lives

  • jerome.main.9 - 2012-10-09 21:17

    so many negative guys dont know roast

  • ian.cockcroft.3 - 2012-10-10 14:40

    You knew exactly what you were getting yourself into when you agreed to do it Steve. Ever heard the expression, the truth hurts? Talentless leech Steve must be very flexible. He can get his foot in his mouth and his head up his naught at the same time. What a troll.

  • Johan Engelbrecht - 2013-12-06 21:25

    You have plenty of coments on steve shows how popular he is you whant to be seen on his comment list shame hope you feel poular ASS well now

  • Johan Engelbrecht - 2013-12-06 21:31

    Vlis mas it sounds like vis mus I don't think its something that smells very well