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Sat Jun 25 16:05:53 SAST 2016

Jo-Ann Strauss finds herself tangled in the Sparrow Twitter rage

Times LIVE | 04 January, 2016 17:02
Jo-Ann Strauss. File photo.
Image by: Esa ALexander

Former Miss South Africa and Top Billing presenter Jo-Ann Strauss has met the wrath of Twitter users after responding to Penny Sparrow's racist Facebook post making headlines in the news today.

Strauss's tweet read: "It's not what you call me, but what I answer to that counts." an African Proverb #PennySparrow.

Many Twitter users responded negatively to her tweet, causing the phrase  “African Proverb” to trend on Twitter.

That's a cute and lofty way of looking at life , but we can't be subjected to racism and asked to not react , I'm sorry @jo_annstrauss — Obzster (@Obakeng_N) January 3, 2016

Are You Obliquely Legitimizing Penny's Actions? Hate Speech Is A Violation Of Our Constitutional Right "Freedom Of Speech"“@jo_annstrauss: — Reign Mbuso Nkosi (@ReIgN_CoCo) January 4, 2016

What is Jo Ann Strauss trying to start now? Some people need to be smacked across the face. — Martha (@DahliaMystique) January 4, 2016

After seeing some of the reaction to her tweet, Strauss responded on her page.

I have never and will never condone racism or stupidity. Honestly disgusted by your comments. I stand by my previous tweet.

— Jo-Ann Strauss (@jo_annstrauss) January 4, 2016

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