Ex-convicted criminal Gayton Mckenzie has come out in support of the Fergusons, following a letter that was penned by actress Vatiswa Ndara accusing Ferguson Films of exploiting, abusing performers and taking short cuts.
And Sis’ Ntsiki Mazwai tells him not to ‘applaud’ crap when he knows zilch about the arts.
On Tuesday Gayton Mckenzie took to Twitter to encourage both Connie and Shona Ferguson to be strong.
“Be strong Connie Ferguson and Shona Ferguson, you have made many stars shine brighter, you have given many people breaks in life. The movie industry like all indiustries needs to become better for blacks. This is a South African problem,” says Gayton Mckenzie.
Another Tweep told Gayton Mckenzie that he’s just an ex-prisoner and an empty politician who knows nothing about the arts. He was told to shut up and leave the issue to those who know best.
Poet, Ntsiki Mazwai told Gayton Mckenzie via a tweet not to applaud crap.
“Don’t applaud crap tho- if the Fergusons are exploiting actors then it is what it is. Nobody held a gun to their heads to exploit artists. They could have decided to do BETTER. Especially knowing artists’ struggles but they didn’t. They were consumed by greed. Now we must feel bad,” says Ntsiki Mazwai.
Gayton says that Vatiswa Ndara is within her rights to do what’s best for her and what is not sitting right for her.
“This industry like all industries needs to pay people better, I hate seeing Ferguson’s becoming the face of artist exploitation as if it’s not an industry norm,” says Gayton.
Ntsiki Mazwai told Gayton that ‘maybe’ it’s because he does not understand the arts and numbers that he showed support for the Fergusons.
“It’s shocking that you are applauding the exploitation of artists. Vatiswa Ndara has more than 3 decades in the industry, she wasn’t made by the Fergusons. Don’t allow principles 2 change for celebs,” says Ntsiki Mazwai.
The ex-jail bird has encouraged people to wait for the version of the Ferguson’s before calling them, exploiters.
Gayton Mckenzie says now that we’ve heard how much the Ferguson production offers, can we also hear how much the more established production companies pay. He says the problem is not Ferguson’s problem but an industry problem.