TV channel Moja Love once again landed in hot water for its latest reality show, After Tears which has been labelled “insensitive” and “degrading. The channel which has become infamous for pushing the envelope once again missed the mark with some viewers on Tuesday night.
After Tears, which made its debut on the channel tells the stories of important figures in a community, how they died and how their death impacted on the community. The first episode featured the death and funeral service of Mlajero who was described as a “fun-loving 27-year-old that was popular for his dance moves and hosting the best parties
Viewers were left shocked when it was revealed that Mlajero apparently died of HIV/Aids and flooded Twitter with comments. Some viewers felt that such personal information should not be revealed on national TV out of respect for the dead and to protect the person’s family from the stigma attached to the condition. Moja Love has not yet commented on the backlash. This is also not the first time that the channel has come under fire.
Moja love has no limit.
Kule channel akekho okhuza omunye.
This is trash.
Watch kyknet and see how Afrikaners embrace their culture and instil positive vibes.
Thina its about cheating, vat n sit, absent fathers, funerals, anything which badly represents black ppl#AfterTears
— Son of Biko (@Owami_Dlamini) October 1, 2019
-Honestly Speaking, Somebody should tell MoJa Love Producers that NOT everything should be on TV. Yoo. Some of these shows are ridiculous. Is this Channel run by clout chasers? 😑
— `Tutan (@SirFankie__) October 1, 2019
The disclosure of the deceased HIV status was wrong💔
What about the living partner’s rights to privacy & confidentiality?
No, no🙅🏾♀️😡😡😡 #AfterTears
— Penny Mkalipe (@ThipenThwa) October 1, 2019
If Moja Love had people who THINK, they wouldn’t allow something as sensitive as the cause of death being HIV to be disclosed on national TV. If not as a sign of respect for the late, then at least protection of the living from stigma ☹️☹️☹️ This isn’t entertainment! #AfterTears
— Ngithe NGINENTOMBI!!! ✋🏾🙄 (@PapiZwane) October 1, 2019
During an interview on Metro FM in May, Moja Love head of production Bokani Moyo said the channel was showing uncomfortable truths.
“We are showing uncomfortable truths. It is true we live in a time, or society, where households are headed by women and the fathers of these children are nowhere to be found, or are not in the picture for whatever reason,” she said.
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