Pearl Thusi sparks Twitter debate about colourism in South Africa

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Pearl Thusi got South Africans talking on Wednesday after tweeting about the discrimination she has faced for being a light-skinned woman in the country.

The actress was responding to another tweet claiming that Thusi, as a light-skinned woman, had “no talent”, suggesting she was simply favoured in her industry for being lighter.

“I’ve lost many jobs to dark skinned women. Because I didn’t fit the mould of a real black woman for people,” Thusi said in a series of tweets about the matter.

“Black is so beautiful. I’ve always wanted it. I remember when I was 7 I’d burn my skin in the sun thinking it would help me look like the other kids. So they’d accept me,” she also said.

The star’s comments sparked debate on Twitter, with some defending her thoughts and offering words of encouragement.

Others felt her comments disregarded the discrimination dark-skinned women also face in South Africa, and the wider world.

Some Twitter users agreed that light-skin favouritism is still a very real problem.

Though the debate has filtered into Thursday morning, it seems Thusi is putting the matter behind her.

“To those who gave me grief yday-I had an extra drive to perfect my work. Alchemised that negativity to make better work. Lemons to lemonade as it were,” she tweeted.

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