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Embassy's olive branch in RTE row

RTE comedy makers have been invited to see what real South African women are like.

The country's embassy in Dublin made the offer today after the fall out from the new sketch programme Your Bad Self which stereotyped white South African Mums as promiscuous and sex obsessed.

The embassy took offence at the show, starring Amy Huberman, after a series of skits featuring a supposedly South African woman explaining how her six-year-old wouldn't wear fishnet stockings with her thigh-high boots.

In another she showed a small child's pink T-shirt with the word 'Whore' emblazened across it.

A representative for the South African embassy condemned the performance as "simply poor", but has offered to invite the programme makers and stars to their country.



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In spite of the controversial sketch, a spokesperson for the embassy still welcomed the cast to the embassy's Earlsfort Terrace base, so that the next time they mocked a culture, they could do it accurately.

"I've been in Ireland short of two years now and I couldn't even identify that as a South African accent, it was a very poor performance," she told the Herald.

She went on to say: "I can't even say that they endorsed a stereotype because that wasn't even the case. We would extend a welcome again for cast members to come to the embassy so they can experience some South Africanisms.

"It wasn't even a South African accent, there were one or two words identfiable. Had she started her off with 'Doll' or 'How's it', I could have understood it a bit more. It was particularly bad, to say the least," she said.

The RTE Two programme is described as "for the most part observational, non-political and sometimes slightly surreal".

cmcbride@herald.ie


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