Basetsana Kumalo dragged for 'condescending' Zozibini Tunzi interview
Media mogul and former Miss SA Basetsana Kumalo is trending on Twitter for what some have called “condescending” responses to questions asked by Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi.
Before bagging the Miss SA and Miss Universe titles, Zozibini also had her sights set on TV presenting and was among the contestants in last season's SABC3 Presenter Search.
Part of the auditions involved interviewing some of the country's biggest names, who, in turn, would give pointers to the aspirant presenters, TimesLIVE reported.
Zozi and her partner interviewed Basetsana about her journey leading up to being crowned Miss SA in 1994.
In a viral video that has resurfaced in the wake of Zozi's Miss Universe win, the beauty queen asked how Basetsana wanted to be addressed. Basetsana responded: “You're gonna call me Mama B, darling. I'm as old as your mother, probably.”
Zozi proceeded to ask Basetsana about her reign as Miss SA and what it signified, but Basetsana interrupted her before she could finish asking the question.
Giving Zozi a few pointers, Basetsana criticised her phrasing of the question. “It's a very strange question when you say to somebody, 'what was your train of thought', but anyway, let me indulge you,” she said as she answered the question.
Social media was abuzz with reactions to the video, with some saying it was taken out of context and defending Basetsana. Others bashed her for the manner in which she answered the questions.
Here's a glimpse of the reactions:
Basetsana was deeply condescending to Zozi in that interview. Even the projection of her voice is set to tell Zozi “You’ll never be me”— Yoli✨ (@YolzYako) December 11, 2019
I’m so disappointed.
The interview was part of a presenter search challenge. Basetsana had to make things as tense as possible for the presenter to see if she could handle it. So now people are mad at Basetsana for doing what she was supposed to be doing😕😕😕— FlawlesslyXhosa (@premium_xh) December 11, 2019
I am not surprised by Basetsana's behaviour, it's on brand with older black women.— Bonsmara (@KolourMeKapes) December 11, 2019
She missed an opportunity to embrace Zozi. Their Miss South Africa journeys are reminiscent of each other and that could have been a deliberate conversation but she chose to be condescending, tsi!
Universe is an Amazing space.....Sometime back Basetsane belittle Zozibini & ws very rude 2her during the interview. Im interested 2hear her now dat She is #MissUnivers2019 @basetsanakumalo @ntsikimazwai @zozitunzi @uNdlunkulu_Xoli @Anele pic.twitter.com/Od4EppKEDE— King GqaKhwe (@gqakhwe) December 11, 2019
Lol But guys let’s be honest, Basetsana was not rude. She was being herself go watch her interview with pearl Thusi on Behind The story you’ll see how she corrects her too, it’s really not that deep.— IG:@Bonginkocy_m🥂 (@Bonginkocy_m) December 11, 2019
Hmmmm that Basetsana and Zozi interview. Firstly, don't you clear off air with the guest how they'd like to be addressed? What I found a bit rude was Basi not really waiting for Zozi to finish her question and the tone kula "let me indulge you" was definitely sarcastic.— Nkosi (@nkosi___) December 11, 2019