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Mr Fantastic Grey

It was a massive opening weekend for soft porn / chick flick Fifty Shades of Grey – the most profitable weekend ever in the United States for an R-rated film: $237.7 million. Its success, ubiquity and, undoubtedly, bawdiness has unleashed a torrent of unsurprisingly hostile reviews. The prudish feel outraged, the BDSM community feels misrepresented, […]

Jou Past se Poes

  The fallacy of the “white victim” is becoming nauseating. After hundreds of years of white-on-black racism and oppression in South Africa, when anger is expressed against these injustices, self-serving whites who feel uncomfortable when confronted with the truths of South Africa’s racist past call it “hate speech” or “racism”. Steve Hofmeyr bemoans the plight […]

Resist Pretty Poverty

  South African music videos are getting better every day. There are talented directors behind the scenes, and a bunch of creative minds are creating the coolest visuals for some of the best local beats. Between Spoek Mathambo’s eerie and edgy video for Control to the rougher-around-the-edges visuals for Sedge Warbler’s Codeine, artists are using […]

When Art Numbs the Senses

  When Simphiwe Dana’s single Nzima was released on Freedom Day earlier this year, it prompted many to revisit questions on how the arts positions itself on social matters. Dana dropped the single not just on the eve of the 2014 national elections, but also when we reflected on 20 years of democracy. For someone […]