Scandal actor Jerry Mofokeng didn’t hold back when he voiced his concerns about the casting choices made by South African TV producers for casting Slay Queens. His impassioned remarks came to light during the SAFTAs (South African Film & Television Awards), where the popular TV soap Scandal received accolades.
Scandal’s Success at SAFTAs
Scandal achieved a remarkable feat at the SAFTAs, winning both the Most Popular TV Soap/Telenovela and Best TV Soap awards. Furthermore, Melusi Mbele, renowned for his portrayal of Jojo Kubeka, earned the prestigious title of Best Actor in A TV Soap.
While celebrating the show’s success, Jerry Mofokeng, who portrays Neo Mogkethi in Scandal, seized the opportunity to address pressing issues within the acting industry.
A Frustration Unveiled
With the spotlight firmly on him, Mofokeng did not mince words. He openly criticized television directors and producers, demanding that they prioritize actors over models in their casting decisions.
Mofokeng’s remarks reverberated both on stage at the SAFTAs and on his Instagram page, where he shared further insights into his concerns.
Mofokeng’s Instagram Declaration
On his official Instagram account, @dr_jerry_official, Jerry Mofokeng elaborated on his stance, shedding light on the problems associated with hiring “slay queens” for TV productions.
Mofokeng argued that the current state of the acting industry left much to be desired. He lamented the prevalence of slay queens being cast in roles that required skilled actors. His call for a shift towards prioritizing talent and acting abilities over appearances resonated with many.
Whether Mofokeng’s critique will lead to any substantial changes in the South African TV industry’s casting practices remains to be seen. However, his vocal stance has undoubtedly ignited a conversation about the importance of casting based on skill and talent rather than superficial attributes.