Unathi Nkayi was attacked by her fans for being consistent with her principles
Idols SA judge and musician Unathi Nkayi has defended herself and her decision to say no to an invitation from a lover — who wasn’t wearing a mask during a public place- to require an image after the fan took to her socials to color Unathi as rude.
Unathi posted a comment she received from the fan, who calls herself @zuvahabane, who told her that she dismissed her fans coldly. This after Unathi and Zuva met at The Maslow Hotel Sandton, where that they had a rather unpleasant interaction.
“Things have changed and that they have changed forever and that we will all react differently due to our personal journeys and responsibilities,” Unathi said.
The musician, who has lost friends and family to Covid-19, took to Instagram to share her truth about why she declined the offer and apologized for seeing it as “dismissive”.
“I am noticing an increased tension building with people I even have never met who want to interact with me and obtain offended if I decline once they aren’t wearing masks publicly places. this is often the new norm and it’s getting to be like this for a short time.
“Daily, because I come from the Eastern Cape, which is very affected, we are receiving news of individuals dying. As I speak I need to return there tomorrow to bury my gran. My friends are losing their parents, siblings, and colleagues, and this is often hitting all folks hard,” Unathi said.
Unathi then gave a disclaimer to all or any of her fans, saying it had been better for them to rather call her names because she wasn’t willing to compromise herself for the sake of their selfies.
“I guess this is often my disclaimer. Call me anything you would like under the sun. If you’re not wearing a mask, don’t expect anything from me,” she concluded.
Unathi got the complete backing of her fans within the comments section and even had a number of her celebrity friends, including Lorna Maseko, Minnie Dlamini, and Ayanda Borotho, weigh in on her situation.
“The entitlement is beyond me. Wow — humans,” Lorna said.
“You did nothing wrong Unathi, and it’s very sad you’ve got to elucidate that simply because she was upset you didn’t take a photograph together with her, supported her actions or lack thereof? Hayi,” Minnie said.
“Even if she was wearing one and you didn’t want to require a pic, that’s perfectly fine. Where do these pics find yourself to start with? nobody is entitled to your space, I do not care if you’re Maradona. you’re human. you’ve got bad days like everyone else and you certainly do not have to elucidate yourself. That ‘see you at the top’ explains her character. You’ve already been judged due to what you are doing (not WHO you are),” Ayanda wrote.
Read the initial interaction between Unathi and Zuva below: