DON’T ask me if I am a racist. Please don’t ask me that because you know I am not a racist!” Those were the words of feisty TV presenter and socialite Kuli Roberts, whose controversial column about coloured people, “Jou Ma se Kinders”, caused a nationwide outrage.
Sunday World and its owner Avusa Media discontinued her weekly Bitches Brew column immediately.
Speaking to The Herald, the mother of two said she was not upset about her column being axed, and reiterated her regret about offending South Africans.
“I didn’t mean to hurt or upset anyone and certainly not the coloured people. My kids are coloured for God’s sake,” said Roberts.
In the column, Roberts wrote that coloured women had “no front teeth” and “love to fight in public” and that coloured girls were the future for various reasons because:
l“You will always be assured of a large family as many of these girls breed as if Allan Boesak sent them on a mission to increase the coloured race”;
l“They love to fight in public and most are very violent”;
l“You will never run out of cigarettes”; and
l“They are the closest thing to being a white woman and we know you black men love them as they look like they’ve
popped out of an Usher music video.”
Roberts said it was great that people hadstarted to adopt a culture of reading.
When asked how the column came about, Roberts said it stemmed from a conversation she had with coloured friends.
“The coloured race is so wide. You get coloureds without teeth and there are blacks without teeth. There is a joke about blacks which goes that if one wants to hide something from a black person you should hide it in a book,” she said.
“Obviously some coloured girls are lighter skinned. It’s a fact that some people, have porcupine-looking hair and others have weaves.”
Roberts, who grew up in Cape Town, said she had the right to comment on or write about stuff that she had heard, experienced or seen.
“I grew up here man. I have heard people say ‘Jou ma se p***’.”
Roberts said she was not upset that her column had been scrapped after seven years.
“If we as South African people cannot retell our own stories we will have to start laughing at Japanese jokes,” said Roberts, mimicking the Japanese accent.
She said she wanted the storm to blow over because “it’s boring”, before ending the interview in her best coloured accent: “Awe my sister.”