Basetsana Kumalo finally has a response for all those who dragged her name down the mud saying she was condescending to Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi during an audition on Presenter Search on 3 in 2018.
On Wednesday Bassie woke up to find her name on top of the twitter trends. As she learned why she was trending she became shocked as haters were all over.
An old video was dug up. It was parts of the audition with Zozi and her presenter partner went viral. In it, the beauty queen asked how Bassie wanted to be addressed. She responded: “You’re gonna call me Mama B, darling. I’m as old as your mother, probably.”
For interest’s sake will put the video up, sure you must have seen it but it wouldn’t hurt to see it again.
After this video went viral the former Miss South Africa was labelled with all sorts of names but she has insisted that she helps grow and uplift young women.
“I mentor young people and have done so for over two decades. I have seen many rise to their fullest potential in different industries. Seeing Zozibini wear the well-deserved Miss Universe crown is a moment we all should be celebrating and applauding.
“SA is on the world stage once again with the Rugby World Cup and now this African woman has brought immense pride to not only to SA but the continent as a whole.”
She urged South Africans to focus on the good.
“This is what we should be focusing our collective energies on — not taking history out of context. Zozi has redefined the ideals of beauty in pageantry, has broken the mould and rewritten history.”
“During the interview, I was tasked with pushing the Presenter Search on 3 contestants out of their comfort zone, as is the nature of the show, and see how quickly they think on their feet and think when they’re under pressure.
“We, as the interviewees, were briefed to put the finalists through their paces and that’s exactly what I did with Zozi.”
“She has affirmed that black children’s dreams are valid. I am a huge supporter of Zozi and have nothing but praise for the woman she is and all she has achieved.
“It would be wonderful if, as a country, we could allow her to shine instead of trying to fuel negative stories. We have so much to be positive about with all the incredible achievements of young role models in our country.”
Ya nne, yall can just jump the gun. To re-assure you DJ Fresh also gave his two cents.
So now you wanna prescribe HOW to test people’s ability to deal with difficult interview subjects?? AND prescribe it to someone with 20+ years TV experience?? During 2018 #PSO3 we told David Tlale to be difficult and he was even more “brutal” than Bassie. THERE IS NOTHING HERE!
— DJ Fresh (Big Dawg) (@DJFreshSA) December 11, 2019