Nomcebo Zikode has been trending on social media after Bulgarian singer Mxiaela Marinova used makeup and prosthetics to look like the Jerusalema singer during her performance.
Now, we get that the song is a massive hit around the globe and people danced to it in a form of a viral challenge. We saw people around the globe embracing the message and language to which it was performed in, but adopting her skin colour? Now that was a bit ludicrous.
Just to educate the Tweeps who are downplaying the usage of blackface by the performer, here’s a brief explanation; Blackface is a form of “art” that non-black people use when trying to portray a black person.
According to CNN, any skin tone you wear that is not really yours, is racist.
On social media, some people are left puzzled by the outrage over the viral clip which was originally taken from TikTok.
However way many might view it, the usage of blackface is racist and many are up in arms over this.
Here’s a clip of the performance below.
As you can see, the lady performing the song is not black and has been made to look like the South African singer Nomcebo. She even did the same haircut as the vocalist and are all doing the Jerusalema dance challenge.
Even more shocking is that the audience was so impressed they were on their feet, applauding her impersonation, leaving many outraged, on social media.
Others are questioning how blackface – where dark makeup is worn to imitate the skin of a black person – can still be happening in 2021, and how no one on the production felt the need to raise a red flag.
Marinova has not responded to the public outcry. Master KG and Nomcebo have also not commented on the incident.
Here are some of the reactions:
@khayamthethwa – This #nomcebo thing is not a joke. It’s disgusting.
@instajizzy – This is just bigger than Leon Schuster and #Nomcebo for me honestly. I mean remember the “Get Out” Movie Starring David Kaluuya? I am getting those Vibes here . Above all that shit is offensive as F$*#
@BellzSeisa – This is why this show is unacceptable & demeaning to black culture.. #nomcebo & master KG must sue this racist show.. The history of the black face has long been rooted in racism & ridiculing black people. We need to STOP tolerating nonsense**
@Puseletso__M – Out of all the people who make that show none of them said hey guys this is really racist and disrespectful?? Not even one? WOW #NOMCEBO
@ZulianJoubert – Why could you not just perform the song, WITHOUT black face? If you wanted Nomcebo to perform you could have arranged that? Fly the good sis out? Does everyone in this video think this is okay? How the fuck? This racks up LEVELS of racism and disrespect. Levels.
@BonloDh – This total disrespect for Africans #Jerusalemachallenge @MasterKGsa #Nomcebo