SHE is loved by many and adored by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Bonang Matheba has earned herself the title of a true Fag Hag.
This comes from her association and support for homosexuals. Most of her close friends are gay and some of her make-up artists, designers and helpers.
But her status as a Fag Hag saw her come under fire this week from numerous fans. They say she is a hypocrite, because she accepted a gig as a presenter for the upcoming Ugandan Entertainment Awards.
Uganda, like Zimbabwe and Malawi, is one of those countries known to be intolerant of the gay community, as are countries like Nigeria, Cameroon, Senegal and Tanzania.
The Ugandan parliament has taken it a step further and passed an Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
DJ and choreographer Olwee voiced his disappointment on twitter. He said: “So Bonang who has a huge following of gays who are 1st to fight for her is hosting Ugandan Awards instead of refusing in protest at their laws. I mean, she’s one of the most powerful women in entertainment in Africa. Just saying!”
It was as if Olwee had opened a can of worms – more and more people joined in the conversation. Most insinuated that by taking the gig, Queen B was indirectly condoning the brutal Ugandan laws.
Initially, Queen B and her team were silent on the matter as the storm raged on Twitterland, until the matter appeared to be reaching a tipping point.
Her spokeswoman, Pumza
Nohashe, said Queen B was a firm believer in human rights and equality for all.
According to Pumza DNA Brand Architects, Bonang’s booking and daily management company, they gave her the assurance that the Uganda Entertainment Awards were representative of Uganda’s entertainment diversity.
Pumza said: “Miss Matheba respects human rights of all kinds and thus has instructed her booking agents to look into the contractual obligations entered on her behalf.” Many of her fans hope she will pull out of the show.