Media personality Khanyi Mbau took to Twitter to celebrate herself as a “brown skin girl” but social media users criticized her for her love of skin bleaching to “get rid” of her brownness. Tweeps did not get along with Khanyi’s post and she had to defend herself.
Khanyi has been going on a lot of, “I said what I said”, rants on Twitter since announcing her upcoming reality show and even though her hype-creating skills are high-key recognized, Twitter still predictably gave her the time of day when she poked them by pulling a page out of fellow showbiz star, Pearl Thusi’s book.
After having watched Pearl get eaten alive on the cyber streets after she took Beyoncé’s hit song Brown Skin Girl, aka the black girl’s anthem, and made it all about her, Khanyi followed in mama Panther’s footsteps at the weekend.
The actress, who has publicly spoken about her love for skin bleaching/skin lightening, took to Twitter to share just how much she identified with Bey’s song.
This song is touched for me!!! To us brown skin girls world wide!! ❤️❤️❤️ I SAID WHAT I SAID! Go argue with Jik plz!! DANKIE BEY 😂 pic.twitter.com/0cbzfNR03U
— KHANYI MBAU (@MbauReloaded) October 3, 2020
Khanyi knew exactly what she was doing with that tweet and because she pre-empted the backlash, she said in the caption for all the naysayers to go argue with someone or something else.
“This song is touched for me! To us brown skin girls world wide! I said what I said! Go argue with Jik please! Dankie Bey,” she said.
The “yellow bone by choice” moghel has explained previously that her decision to become lighter or have any work done on her body had nothing to do with her Africanness.
As far as she’s concerned, she’s still a brown skin girl at heart, at least as far as culture and identity are concerned …
“Being black doesn’t mean you have to look black. Being black is a state of being, being black is a sense of spirit. Being black is how you think and how you see yourself. It doesn’t mean you need to look indigenous. Why are we living in a world that won’t let us explore and be who we want to be? Period.”
Below are some of the comments from tweeps:
Lol u brown skin girl nana but you didn't wanna remain brown love? Aowa pic.twitter.com/dEMBx2Ffwv
— Slindile Tutuh Nxumalo (@NxumaloTutuh) October 3, 2020
Khanyi you ain't brown wena😳 pic.twitter.com/wQwNVHN1b0
— ͏ ͏ ͏ ͏ (@__onalenna) October 3, 2020
Meanwhile you messed up that brown skin,now your skin cant even absorb the sunlight…..😭😭…To us the real brown skin girls
— LadyT 🙌 (@ThatoTheLady) October 3, 2020