Madam Boss Apologises For Remarks About Marange Child Marriages, Says She Was Taken Out Of Context
Social media personality Madam Boss has apologised for remarks she made about the Marange child marriages. The comedian caused a furore when her comments went viral on social media platforms.
The comments did not go down well with many people who described them as callous, ill-thought and in bad taste. Some highlighted that the comments were particularly egregious in the context of the death of 14-year-old Memory Machaya.
Memory died while giving birth at a Johane Marange Apostolic church shrine. She was forced to drop out of school while doing Form One to get married to Evans Momberume, a full-grown man.
Following the blowback from Zimbabweans online, Madam Boss issued an apology on her Facebook page. In the apology statement, Madam Boss claimed that her remarks had been taken out of context.
She also said that she is a victim of name-calling by her critics, and as such, she tries to stick to what she knows. Madam Boss insisted that she is against child marriages and called on the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
Below is Madam Boss’ apology which iHarare is publishing in its entirety.
*****Once Again Am Sorry to all my fans and all the corporates that I represent *****
I’m a very peaceful person who mostly like to keep to myself and stick to what I know best , entertaining my fans even those that mock me , I’ve been accused of many things and called different names but I have never cared because I know myself, I’m a mother and also a women and my heart bleeds each time I see a women or a girl child suffer.That’s why I always post any issues concerning abuse of a girl child .
I chose not keep quiet on this occasion because the Marange shrine issue is one that has touched my heart and I’m pained that my live video a few days ago was taken out of context however I’m here today apologizing to each and everyone that was offended by that video and also to say I’m personally against child marriages and strongly hope the culprits of the Marange shrine be brought to book.
The apology itself also seems to have divided people. While some welcomed her desire to apologise, others were not impressed by the tone and content of the apology. They dismissed it as a non-apology because Madam Boss was making excuses and accused her of portraying herself as a victim. Below are some responses to the apology,
You are a mother to a girl child, no woman should act that nonchalant about such a cause. Thanks for taking back your words. People forget you are human too. #JusticeForMemory – Rutendo Victoria Ndoro
This half apology is not helping. What you said was insensitive and incredibly tone deaf. Zvinonyadzisa for a woman and a mum of a young girl to trivialise and be so dismissive panyaya yakadai. And worse still, your intent was to humiliate munhu ange acommenta kuti handei ikoko. You could have simply said you don’t belive marching there will achieve anything especially in these covid times and suggested for people to go the legal route, asi you went out of your way to show that hazvinei newe and you’re not bothered one bit. Better dai wakanyarara.
Apologise and leave it at that pane kuda kuzvijustifier. Hapana kana anything that was taken out of context – Carol Nzo
Its okay to say im sorry i was. Insensitive and out of line….fullstop …your out of context line is an excuse for your actions which nulifies the APOLOGY and remorsefullness – Mei Gery
If you want to apologise, just apologies without playing the victim card heyy. This issue has nothing to do wth your past accusations or mockery or names you were called, it’s about your opinion about standing against child marriages – Flynn Gwera
The “…was taken out of context…” part literally makes your apology insincere because you’re implying you did nothing wrong… – Clive Masarakufa
Dear Madam Boss, You say your video was taken OUT OF CONTEXT, what was the context?
You are digging this hole deeper.Just say i am sorry…it was a moment of ignorance.I think makajaira ku attakwa and you are always in defence mode…u thot maitowachisa the person hu had commented about the marange girl not knowing kuti u wer saying bad things.Dont try to justify yourself by saying it was taken out of context.
Just say u later realised that u had said the wrong things…who is advising u that u keep throwing yourself under the bus? – Mercy Massy
Madam Boss I love you. Have said it before will say it again. Enrol yourself in a diploma or degree, it will help you. You are underutilized in this space If you don’t challenge yourself to a degree of sorts, an education will improve you on many levels including how to not continue apologizing for same issues. You are lovely soul who will keep repeating same mistakes if you keep uneducated. Enrol ku Women’s University in Africa on age basis you will be just fine. I listened to your Interview with Butterfly all the rough edges will polish a bit with education. Also wanna meet you hola, Fungai Mtisi I’ve yet to meet mwana please help it happen. – Nyari Teurai Mashayamombe
That was not pleasant at all. Disappointing. “Out of context”?l don’t know why l feel the apology is not genuine but anyway life goes on.No one is perfect. – Mary Muchabaiwa
You have been forgiven, hausiriwe watanga we all do it everyday. God and us have forgiven you. Child marriage must stop. – Tselanie Makelele
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