‘I was in shock’ Motsi Mabuse breaks down over perceived racial slur in German paper

‘I was in shock’ Motsi Mabuse breaks down over perceived racial slur in German paper

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Motsi Mabuse, 41, has admitted she was extremely upset after seeing a photo of herself appear in a German tabloid alongside the caption “the chocolate didn’t help either”. However, editors have insisted the word chocolate was used in reference to sweets handed out to keep the audience happy during the filming of a show Motsi was appearing on.

The South African dancer appeared on German TV show Das Supertalent as a last-minute replacement for one of the judges after they tested positive for Covid.

She was left devastated after a piece in leading German publication Bild featured a write up of the show and included a picture of her which was captioned: “The chocolate didn’t help either.”

Motsi shared a post on Instagram which said she’d been left devastated by the words, while editors at Bild have insisted the caption was referring to chocolate bars which were handed out to audience members during filming.

In a message posted on Instagram, Motsi wrote: “After having a wonderful photoshoot last night I switched on my phone and was shocked really truly shocked, after the shock I was extremely disappointed and sad!

“I had an evening full of tears. This morning I am still sad but I just want to take time to thank those of you who supported me yesterday. 

Thank you so much that I don’t have to go through this all by myself anymore! Thank you that you immediately stood up for me!”

Motsi insisted she should have to “explain” or “justify” her emotional reaction and insisted she can’t just “brush it off”.

She went on: “I am not going to explain myself trying to make other people understand what was going on and why I felt a certain way or even justify the emotions.

“I am not going to have people tell me how I was supposed to react or brush it off.

“Words matter & just know for some people you will never ever be good enough not because of your qualities or anything in that direction but because it’s plain simple or subtle racism.”

The Strictly Come Dancing star concluded her post by writing: “I am ok guys I will continue doing my best to represent….

“No matter how small they try to make you feel. The little eyes watching me every morning, those little eyes full of love and joy are all that matter. Love Motsi…”

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The caption published in Bild has since been changed and the publication’s deputy editor in chief Timo Lokoschat released a statement saying it referred to chocolate bars that were given out to “appease the audience” during filming.

According to the Daily Mail, he added: “We changed it anyway. It was by no means intended to offend anyone.”

Motsi lives in Germany and is a judge on the country’s version of Strictly, Let’s Dance, while she previously appeared as a judge on Das Supertalent back in 2011.

The star is vehemently against racism and often takes to social media to campaign against vile online trolling.

She has been previously targeted by bullies online, but says she’s learned “the power of words”.

The mum-of-one told Radio Times: “Racism is very extreme and it has become worse in recent years.

“People are feeling like, for some reason, ‘We can attack’. 

“They write some bad stuff, they’re gonna ‘hit you with a baseball bat’ and call me ‘monkey’.

“I’ve learnt to not look that deeply into what people say as it’s mostly a reflection of themselves.”

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