The #ShowMustGoOn hashtag has become popular on Twitter over the past couple of days over a letter from prominent South African actress Vatiswa Ndara.
The actress wrote a letter to the Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, in which she reveals just how much South African performers are exploited.
In a move that might be just as significant as the #MeToo movement in Hollywood, South African actors and actresses have started to fight back for their rights.
Fellow actress Rami Chuene, offered support and it was even a thread from her on the many indignities South African performers have to go through that brought about the use of the hashtag #ShowMustGoOn.
Rami’s thread really detailed some of the things that performers suffer including inability to take care of their health (mental or physical), inability to spend time with their children, no sick days or leave or a number of other things that seem like basic rights to most people.
Part of the fallout from Vatiswa’s letter is the furious backlash that production house, Ferguson Films, has suffered due to this.
According to Vastiwa, Ferguson films has her tied down to a contract that doesn’t have a fair wage and has unfavourable working conditions.
South African Twitter has been abuzz since the letter was made public and #ShowMustGoOn has become a trending hashtag since then. Some of the comments have expressed shock that such a thing is happening such as this tweet from a guy who said: “Yikes 😱 This is horrifying! More so because it’s not a guaranteed R110k after 5 weeks that is taxed! ”
Other comments included this one from a user, @kgalalelo_mak, who said: “the comments are scary hey. We are so used to struggling and being exploited. When someone asks for better better, they are ungrateful and how dare they 😢😢😢😢. This is incredibly sad. 💔💔💔”
Her comments are in reference to some of the responses which criticize Vastiwa and call her ungrateful to be in the position that she’s in.
Check out more responses below
I see that your character's story line has gone from tough to being a desperate low self esteem woman begging for crumbs and acceptance while the other women still maintains their powerful untouchable positions. #SHOWMUSTGOON #IstandWithVatiswa
— I believe in the LORD Jesus Christ (@zqesh84zqesh) October 7, 2019
🤣🤣 some are even claiming that Vatiswa wasn't known before iGazi. What a joke my darling!!! Been saying that get your facts straight before you come here and make a fool out of yourself #Vatiswa #Fergusons #VatiswaNdara #SHOWMUSTGOON
— 𝑪𝒐𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒔 𝑻𝒆𝒇𝒇𝒐 🌈 (@_Khoelly) October 7, 2019
Cowards who are saying "but if you're not happy with what you're being offered then walk away".I'm sure we would still be stuck with the apartheid system if we had people of those mentality.what's wrong with standing up for your worth 🤔#SHOWMUSTGOON#VatiswaNdara
— Tshwarelo (@TS_Relow) October 8, 2019
This is what employees go through, whether you working for the entertainment industry or any other company. Its a sad truth but i feel for #Rami #IstandWithVatiswa #SHOWMUSTGOON pic.twitter.com/HXLE3pWJDO
— Sweet_Something (@the_noblepat) October 8, 2019
Vathiswa Ndara is an educated actress with a degree and awards. She studies for what she does. with no disrespect stop comparing her to farm workers, cleaners and security. Compare her to lawyers, doctors… put some respect in her name.#Fergusons #SHOWMUSTGOON #vathiswa
— Sipho Mahlatshana🇿🇦🌈 (@CpoMahlatshana) October 8, 2019
Ferguson films, through their owners, Shona and Connie Ferguson, have responded to the letter from Vatiswa and called it misguided. In a statement from their lawyer, the couple said: “As actors ourselves and producers we are aware of the challenges facing the entertainment industry. We support 100% a need for the industry to be regulated and for the Performance Protection Amendment Bill to be signed sooner rather than later. With that said, the allegations made by the various actors do not reflect the true position of the industry and paints a false picture, that may mislead the public.”
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