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Zodwa Wabantu stripped of Feather Award after making homophobic remarks on TV

2019-07-12 12:36
Zodwa Wabantu
Zodwa Wabantu (Photo: City Press)

 

Cape Town - The Feather Awards and Thami Dish Foundation have stripped local entertainer Zodwa Wabantu of her 2017 award.

In 2017 the controversial dancer was honoured with the Drama Queen of The Year Award.

The award show is known for recognising and celebrating the LGBTQI+ community, iconic personalities and achievers who inspire the LGBTQI+ community.

In a recent episode of Zodwa Wabantu: Uncensored on DStv's Moja Love, Zodwa made insensitive comments about the LGBTQI+ community.

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In a statement released by the organisation, it states: "It is with great disappointment that The Feather Awards confirm that Zodwa Wabantu is hereby stripped of the award that was conferred to her as an all who symbolised freedom of expression, and challenged the status quo that often oppresses the marginalised."

The organisation also took the opportunity to address Phat Joe's recent homophobic remarks made on-air on Wednesday, saying: "We also welcome the suspension of radio personality Phat Joe, for his homophobic statements against the LGBTQI+ community."

"We have noticed, with great concern, a growing number of public figures making irresponsible statements on various public platforms," public relations manager Lebo Mphelo added to the statement.

The statement also discussed the work that still needs to be done with regards to educating society about understanding diversity and promoting tolerance within the spectrum of human sexuality. 

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