Elana Afrika slammed for 'distasteful' tweet about cleaning houses for a living
TV personality Elana Afrika sparked outrage on social media after her comments about cleaning houses for a living was seen as "disrespectful" towards domestic workers earning minimum wage.
Elana faced the wrath of Twitter when she said that cleaning the house was so therapeutic, she understood why people did it for a living.
Cleaning the house is therapeutic. I understand why someone could do this for a living!— E Afrika-Bredenkamp (@ElanaAfrika) April 20, 2017
Many of her followers were shocked and angered by her comments, and labelled it "insensitive" and "disrespectful" to those who had no choice but to clean houses for a living.
@ElanaAfrika Not when they have no other choice, and definitely not when the job doesn't pay enough to feed their families.— Queen_Umhlaba (@Asa_YaMazembe) April 20, 2017
@ElanaAfrika My granny was a domestic when she was sick she sent her kids to go cos no work no pay. It was not her choice to do that work, it was to eat— Eri Ca (@erica9925) April 21, 2017
Elana Afrika demonizing the generational struggle of black woman who work as domestic workers just to gage her coolness. Wow!!! This girl.— Spitch Nzawumbi (@SiphiwoNzawumbi) April 21, 2017
@ElanaAfrika What you've jst said not only is it insensitive,but also shows some level of ignorance towards those who are cleaners for a living. Uphakeme— ✴THE MAYOR✴ (@Khule_Math) April 21, 2017
Elana initially responded to the backlash by telling a follower that she was being "too serious".
@melocle2012 You are too serious Nomhle— E Afrika-Bredenkamp (@ElanaAfrika) April 20, 2017
Only to later tell another follower that she had not meant to offend anyone with the tweet.
When TshisaLIVE contacted Elana for comment, she agreed to respond to questions in writing, however had not done so by the time of publishing.
@TsholoLeb Wasn't to offend Tsholo. You should know that if you know me. Hope you are loved. ❤️— E Afrika-Bredenkamp (@ElanaAfrika) April 21, 2017