Motsi Mabuse says she was’shocked, disappointed, and sad’ when German tabloids published a report that misunderstood her racial slur.
- Germany’s top tabloid published a picture of her with the headline “The chocolate didn’t help neither.”
- Following the South African dancer performing on Simon Cowell’s Got Talent, the newspaper reported the perceived racist slur.
- According to reports, Motsi wasn’t able to settle in her temporary position well after allegedly clashing with other panel members
- To replace the judge who was positive for COVID-19, she had to sign up in an emergency.
- According to the professional dancer, she felt’shocked and sad’ after reading the offensive headline.
Bild, the publication in question, published the perceived racial slur following the South African ballroom dancer’s guest appearance on a franchise of Simon Cowell‘s Got Talent in her country of residence.
It was reported the judge, 40, didn’t settle into her temporary role well, having supposedly clashed with her fellow panel members along with the show’s audience.
Heartbreaking: Motsi Mabuse was left ‘full of tears’ after a German tabloid published a perceived racial slur where she was compared with ‘chocolate’ on Friday
It continued to claim the brunette beauty was heckled by the crowd after refusing to send home an unpopular contestant, which caused her to declare, ‘You are evil. I will remember your faces.’
She had signed up at the eleventh hour to replace a judge who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Das Supertalent, however Bild reported the panel ‘sniped’ and spoke over each other in what proved to be a chaotic shoot.
The dancing professional said she was left ‘shocked, sad and disappointed’ following the insulting headline, which has since been replaced with ‘Audience left the ‘super talent’ studio annoyed!’
Deep in thought: Motsi took to Instagram on Saturday to address the ordeal head-on in a heartfelt post, which she penned to accompany a solemn snap of herself
Good sport: She had signed up at the eleventh hour to replace a judge who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Das Supertalent, a production of Simon Cowell’s Got Talent franchise in Germany
She blasted the wording as ‘plain and simple racism’, however Timo Lokoschat, Bild’s deputy editor in chief claimed it merely related to the chocolate bars which were handed out to ‘appease the audience’ during the seven hour recording.
He said: ‘We changed it anyway. It was by no means intended to offend anyone.’
Motsi took to Instagram on Saturday to address the ordeal head-on in a heartfelt post, which she penned to accompany a solemn snap of herself.
‘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,’ she began.
‘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! 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.
Upsetting: It was reported that the judge didn’t settle into her temporary role on Got Talent well, having supposedly clashed with her fellow panel members along with the show’s audience
‘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 subtile racism.’
‘Thank you to you Ladies from Black woman matter community. Thank you to my friends Alice, Mel, Irina, David and Steffi! I am ok guys I will continue doing my best to represent….
Tearful: The dancing pro said she was ‘extremely disappointed and sad’ in the post
‘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 ……………..ps that is life people ask you to come and help out , you do and at the end of the day , you are the [peach emoji, uneasy emoji]…!’ she concluded.
As well as sitting on the panel for Strictly Come Dancing in the UK, Motsi – who lives in Frankfurt – is also a permanent judge on the German version of the popular show which is called Let’s Dance.
She served as a judge on Das Supertalent back in 2011, where she appeared to have had a considerably more positive experience.
MailOnline has contacted Bild, Fremantle and RTL for comment.
Happier times: Motsi served as a judge on Das Supertalent back in 2011, where she appeared to have had a considerably more positive experience
Publiated at Sun 29 August 2021, 07:28.04 +0000