Gay Black Kiss Stirs TV Dramaby Trey C. on May 15, 2008
One minute two young black men are having a heated argument about homosexuality and the next they are engaged in a passionate gay kiss. Quoting the greatest song ever, “It’s Raining Men! Hallelujah! Rough and tough and strong and mean!” This was the scene on the prime-time tv soapie Rhythm City last week that got TV viewers pulling on their ass hair.
Thulaâ€™s (Wright Ngubeni) unemployed mother is bedridden by HIV/Aids, and to make ends meet he is selling his body to a married man. Not even his best childhood pal, Charlotte (Stoneâ€™s girlfriend) played by Nosipho Nkelemba, knows about the big secret.
Stone (Zenzo Ngqobe) confronts Thula about his prostitution… the two exchanged a few words, and then Stone – the dude with the girlfriend – kisses Thula! Someone has a secret crush :)
Unfortunately, the kiss did not last longer than five seconds.
In an interview this week, Ngqobe was not fazed by the attention the scene was receiving. â€œIâ€™ve been getting different opinions from people I meet in the street.”
“Some think it was too graphic and shocking for a show that airs at 6.30pm,” he said.
“Personally, I think it wasnâ€™t too graphic. In their subtle way, the producers did their bit to open a window for the audience to what homosexuality is about. Most fans were happy with that scene.”
Launched in July last year, Rhythm City airs every day and revolves around the Rhythm City music industry and the trials and tribulations of those who are trying to break into the business.
Ngqobe said his character was going through a tough time. He is prone to snapping at his family, and has become an introvert.
Nkelemba hints that there were more troubles looming ahead for her character, Charlotte.