Thursday, September 15, 2011

Shoot the Boer hullabaloo

Comedian Riaad Moosa thinks the country suffers from a condition similar to "family dysfunction" or "birth order theory", and only Dr Phil can help us recover from the Shoot the Boer hullabaloo.

In a YouTube video that has resurfaced, after first appearing on Loyiso Gola's Late Night News show on, Moosa - who is producing musical scores for his upcoming movie Material - agreed with Judge Colin Lamont that ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema should refrain from singing the struggle song.
Lamont, of the Johannesburg Equality Court, on Monday ruled that the song constituted hate speech.

"For songs the context is much more important than the words. Like Ring a Ring o' Rosie - that's about the black death. Also Rock-a-bye Baby. Do we ever concentrate on the words of that song? It's hectic," Moosa says in the video.
Moosa cautioned that if songs such as Shoot the Boer were allowed, parents could end up turning the struggle song into a nursery rhyme, which could result in violent youths.

Ultimately, the only way the country could move forward was if we embraced each other's differences, he said.

Moosa said Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr exhibited "middle child" symptoms, and wanted attention, while Malema was the "classic last-born" as he was noisy and caused "a lot of crap [which] others have to clean up after him".

But Malema wasn't all bad, said Moosa, because in singing Shoot the Boer he wasn't referring to "Old MacDonald" somewhere in the country, but was focusing on the apartheid regime.

"In fact he even tried to say we should try to kiss the boer. But they were not impressed."

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