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‘Happy lockdown’ tweet gets Pearl Thusi dragged & here’s what she had to say about it

28 June 2021 - 12:00 By deepika naidoo
The star has shared her thoughts on the good and bad of lockdown after being called out by Twitter.
The star has shared her thoughts on the good and bad of lockdown after being called out by Twitter.
Image: Instgram/Pearl Thusi

Media personality Pearl Thusi has defended herself after being called out on the internet for “celebrating” the move to an adjusted level 4 lockdown, saying there are always two sides to a coin.

After President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that Mzansi would be moving to level 4 of lockdown, many of the nation's rich and famous took to social media to share their thoughts on the tighter lockdown restrictions, including Queen Sono star Pearl.

In a now-deleted tweet, Pearl wished fans a “happy lockdown”, hoping to inspire some hope in fans in these difficult times. However, her sentiments rubbed some tweeps up the wrong way.

“Happy lockdown everyone ... I hope all those in need receive assistance, people find the silver lining in these tough times and God blesses you all abundantly,” Pearl tweeted with a heart emoji.

Many felt that Pearl was being insensitive towards the people who would be negatively affected by tighter restrictions. The backlash came in fast and thick and landed the actress on the Twitter trends list.

Addressing the backlash, the star said she deleted the tweet because she is in a good head space. Speaking about the effects of the lockdown, Pearl hit back at those who accused her of being careless, clarifying what she meant about a happy lockdown. She also lambasted tweeps for focusing on the negative.

“Because focusing on the negative is a priority on this app: For those offended, or [who] think I’m careless ... what I mean is, for those who can, I hope they do find peace, enjoy spending time at home, working, spending time with family, meditating and find the good in that,” said Pearl.

She went on to highlight the good the lockdown has brought her while reminding her followers that she too has experienced loss during lockdown. 

“Many people have found new opportunities and awakenings even in isolation. I’ve loved the time I’ve spent with my kids - how well I’ve got to know them and vice versa. How much my cooking has improved. The TV shows I’ve watched,

“I’ve also experienced loss and pain during this pandemic. Do I share all of it? No. Does it mean I don’t relate? No. I didn’t come here for a fight or to be called names. I won’t be baited any more. Cancel me. Make me fall. It’s all the same to me,” tweeted Pearl.

Fans responded to the tweet, with many weighing in on Pearl's thoughts. Check them out: