Metro FM claim inappropriate Miss SA poll was ‘unapproved content’

The off-colour Tweet about Miss SA went out on Saturday and was soon deleted but not before it created a firestorm of public backlash for Metro FM.

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Metro FM have issued an apology over a Twitter poll emanating from the Radio stations official account that asked users to rate Miss SA Zozibini Tunzi’s beauty.

The poll asked users what they thought of the new Miss SA’s appearance giving the options “stunning, just ok or wrong choice”. The creator of this Tweet appeared to be operating in ignorance when it comes to the world of pageantry. Miss South Africa isn’t about choosing the most beautiful woman in the country. Beauty inside and out are factors but much more important are presentation and philanthropy. Miss South Africa is about choosing somebody to be a face and a force for good in our own country and beyond.

The station’s management have distanced themselves from the incident in their apology but stopped short of blaming an intern.

“Metro FM is aware of the Twitter poll that went out on social media this morning from on the #TheWeekendr show,” a statement issued by the station on Twitter read.

“We confirm that the said poll was unapproved content placed on social media without endorsement from the station.

“METRO FM does not stand for the content of this poll and distance ourselves from it.  We consider this to be totally against our ethos and brand values.

“We together with the rest of South Africa celebrate women of all backgrounds, and are truly proud of the new Miss South Africa Zozibini Tunzi. We sincerely apologise to her and the rest of South Africa unreservedly

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Metro FM’s apology published on Twitter.

Miss SA congratulated

A number of prominent South African’s have reached out to Zozibini to congratulate her over social media including John Kani, Cassper Nyovest and Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Zozibini has already begun the work of Miss South Africa meeting with the Minister of Communications Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to unpack some of the issues she touched on in her Q&A rounds at the pageant.

The new Miss SA was humbled and moved by the messages of congratulations.

Zozibini Tweeted: “I am realising more with every passing minute the responsibility that comes with the platform I have just acquired. I intend to use it as positively and as effectively as possible. Thank you so much for taking time to congratulate me. I’m very honoured.”

Zozibini is believed to have also set her sights on Miss Universe having been given her choice of international pageant to enter. Both the Miss World and Miss Universe Pageants will take place in December of this year. The Miss World Pageant will be held in London on 14 December. The Miss Universe Organization has made no statements regarding where the competition will be hosted as of August 11, 2019, but the finale will take place on 7 December.

Miss SA first princess Sasha Lee-Olivier will represent South Africa at Miss World.

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