After making offensive remarks about trans women, podcaster Macgyver ‘MacG’ Mukwevho has lost another big sponsor, Amstel, of his popular program “Podcast and Chill with MacG.”
Mukwevho and co-host Sol Phenduka discussed the new infidelity controversy involving actress Vuyo Dabula on a recent edition of “Podcast and Chill with MacG.”
During the conversation, Phenduka is heard saying: “Shame man that (that) had to happen to Vuyo. An amazing guy. I saw him last week at Auckland Park. Yeah, he likes riding beautiful transis.”
To which Mukwevho, amused, burst out in laughter before responding by saying: “I saw a picture of the trans woman. I got to say, holla at me at 3 in the morning, I am going in bro. she’s beautiful. I’m like, she’s trans?,” said MacG.
Following this, Amstel Lager has since announced that they withdrew their partnership with the show, saying in a statement: “The Amstel brand, locally and globally, is centred around friendship and inclusion of all people, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation, without discrimination, and we distance ourselves from any transphobic and homophobic views.
“We have officially parted ways with ’Podcast and Chill with MacG’ and will no longer be a partner as of 1 December 2021,” added the statement.
The video clip that went viral caught the attention of many people, including actor and model Mohale Motaung, who slammed the duo for their “transphobic jokes.”
Earlier in the year, before bagging the Channel O deal, Mukwevho lost two major sponsors Old Mutual and Studio 88, due to his transphobic slurs on the show, which, at the time, was only broadcasting on YouTube.
“As a responsible business that fully respects the rights of everyone, we have decided to terminate the relationship with MacG, with immediate effect.
“We distance ourselves from the harmful commentary against the LGBTQI community and humanity at large,” read the Old Mutual statement.
Studio 88 group marketing manager Loren Lennox told IOL Entertainment that they had initially offered MacG and his team a four-episode sponsorship deal after the podcasters approached them looking for new sponsors.
“The Studio 88 Group stands firmly against the harmful and offensive comments and statements made by MacG during one of his recent Podcast and Chill with MacG episodes, as same goes against our core values and beliefs as a company group in South Africa.
“In light of the above, the Studio 88 Group wish to distance ourselves completely from the aforementioned statements, podcast and its host/(s).
“We have, therefore, decided to terminate, with immediate effect, any business/sponsorship relationship we may have with MacG,” read the statement.
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