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DJ MacG in hot water for transphobic comments

26 January 2021 - 12:00 By deepika naidoo
The internet is up-in-arms about MacG's opinions on the LGBTQI+ community!
The internet is up-in-arms about MacG's opinions on the LGBTQI+ community!
Image: Instagram/MacG

Podcaster and former radio host Macgyver “MacG” Mukwevho has come under fire for his comments about the LGBTQI+ community after he seemingly took jabs at transgender women. 

MacG, who hosts Podcast and Chill with MacG, and radio host and friend Sol Phenduka were chatting about their “confusion and misunderstandings” regarding the LGBTQI+ community. Sol had some questions about why transgender women transition if they are attracted to women.

"You are going to have a sex change just to be with women? Now she's lesbian. Why can't you just be a man and be with a woman?" asked Sol. 

MacG said he "can't keep up" when it comes to the trans identity. They then discussed celebrities who have allegedly dated transgender women. The hosts were joking around and laughing about 'the logistics' of being a trans woman. 

"So a trans woman, a woman with a d*ck," said Sol.

The hosts were also making light of their conversation, with laughs all around.

Twitter caught wind of the comments and hit back at the podcasters. Many accused MacG and Sol of being transphobic and against LGBTQI+ people with their comments.

“I’m so tired of people and their causal violence towards trans people. What is so hard about leaving people alone?! How has any trans person’s existence affected you in any way? Y’all are vile for fun and it literally gets people killed,” wrote one tweep.

Founder of LGBTQI+ Feather Awards Thami Kotlolo also hit back at the comments, calling on the sponsors of the podcast and letting MacG know they "need to talk". 

Despite several attempts by TshisaLIVE to get comment from MacG, did not respond by the time of publishing. This article will be updated should comment be received. 

Here are some of the reactions from Twitter:

However, MacG's supporters came to his defence. Fans said that regardless of their 'unfiltered' comments, they still love him.

Check out his dedicated fans below:

This isn't the first time the podcast host has come under fire for his comments on the LGBT+ community.

In 2010, the star was taken off the air on radio station YFM for playing clips of Ugandan chairman of the National Task Force against homosexuality Pastor Martin Ssempa fuming about “sodomy and homosexuality being forbidden in Uganda”.

Listeners complained that the audio clips incited homophobia and hate speech.