Loyiso Bala on being accused of being homophobic: ‘That’s untrue and totally ridiculous’
Loyiso Bala (PHOTO:GETTY/GALLO)
Loyiso Bala found himself at the top of
Twitter’s trending list on Monday night and for all the wrong reasons.
It all began when the RnB turned Gospel
singer tweeted a birthday message to his younger brother, Phelo Bala with a
caption that many found to be judgmental and homophobic.
“Blessed to have spent some quality time
with my brother @PheloBala the past
few weeks. As I said to him, “I’m in no position to judge u but to love you and
to always point you to Christ. Your relationship with him will define your
life’s purpose.” #Happy28thBirthday
mntshan’am ,” he wrote.
Many took Loyiso’s scripture reference as a
homophobic comment towards Phelo and entertainer, Moshe Ndiki’s publicized romantic relationship and
slammed him for not supporting his brother.
Even celebrities including Khuli Roberts
and The Queen’s Vuyolwethu Ngcukana found Loyiso’s tweet to be distasteful.
“Hayi! Judge him,” Khuli questioned. While
Vuyo expressed his disappointment in the tweet.
Acknowledging people’s criticism of him, the
Africa’s channel director hit back at the critics by saying that it was
ironic how people were judging him for being judgmental.
“The irony about this trend is that I am being judged for somehow having
been judgemental Wow!!! ,” he wrote.
Loyiso also posted Phelo’s response to his
birthday message, insinuating that Phelo had no problem with what was said.
“This was Phelo’s reply to the same message
posted on Instagram yesterday. Good night”
Speaking to DRUM, the musician said that it
was never his intention to hurt people with what he said.
“I am still in shock over the response and
how truly hurt certain people were by the tweet. This was not my intention at
all,” he said before explaining how the context of his tweet was misunderstood.
“I have read the tweet several times. Maybe
what was misunderstood was the context in which it was written. Phelo and I
spend about 80% of our time talking about the gospel and showing each other
ways to live by it. Maybe the fact that I never gave that context gave those
who are offended the wrong impression.”
On the accusation of being homophobic,
Loyiso said it is untrue and that he supports the rights of every person.
“That’s untrue and totally ridiculous. I stand for equal
rights for all members of our society.”