When I logged on to Twitter this past Saturday and noticed that Ntsiki Mazwai was trending, I immediately knew it was for all the wrong reasons.
After the new ANCYL leadership (which included one woman) was announced, Ntsiki decided to run to Twitter and call female ANCYL supporters idiots. She also rambled on about how female ANC members were only good for being panties, subsequently posting a picture of scantily clad women donning the ANC logo on their underwear to support her point. Classy, Ntsiki. Classy.
I wasn’t particularly interested in her rant because firstly, I’m not pro-ANC and secondly, I figured she was just trying to score some free publicity for her R50 show that was happening later that day. That quickly changed when she posted the below tweet:
Ok, Ntsiki. Belittling other black women because you can’t help but be self-opinionated is not playing nice. And it was this arrogant and distasteful statement, as well as the banter she exchanged with some of her followers at Lerato’s expense that not only made me re-evaluate her entire argument, but also made me lose whatever respect I had for her as an artist.
Trolling through her timeline, I observed her responses to the people who dared to disagree with ‘Queen Ntsiki’s’ opinion. It was a classic case of cyber bullying; which is quite ironic considering she was applauded for speaking out on the subject a few months ago (having been a victim of it on several occasions herself).
The issue I had wasn’t so much about her uneducated judgement (especially for someone who’s quick to point out the ignorance of others), but on her complete lack of tact when addressing the sensitive issue that is a woman’s position in male-dominated professions.
Naturally, she was indifferent to all the flack she received as a result of her smear campaign. Her bio does command that we bow down to her, after all. Sadly, it wasn’t the first time she’d gone after female personalities who are far more relevant than she is.
If she was aiming for the outspoken title, then she’s way off. The only thing her interaction with women who aren’t kissing her ass on social media reveals is that Ntsiki suffers from self-contempt. Her insecurities are so severe that she has to resort to insulting women who seem to be accomplishing much more than she is, and quite frankly, I expect nothing less from her. What I do have an issue with is her hypocrisy; parading herself as an activist for women’s causes when she’s clearly oblivious to the meaning.
Internalised sexism, that’s what they call it. Ntsiki Mazwai suffers from a chronic case of internalised sexism. Her “misogynoir” is deep-rooted, and there is no room for her kind where black feminism is concerned.
“Hayi sana, uWrongo!”
*image courtesy of Truth Mag