‘NO LOBOLA FOR white chicks’
Our Perfect Wedding is one of the most outrageous shows on TV. And last Sunday’s interracial marriage took the cake, writes Grethe Koen
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“So damn cheap to wed a white chick, no lobola, it’s the chick’s responsibility to buy rings & she rented her wedding dress #OurPerfectWedding” – @finallybryt
Thus said the Twittersphere on Sunday after another edition of the Mzansi Magic hit Our Perfect Wedding. Like any good South African show, it entertains while revealing a great deal about our social landscape. One tweep, @neotranquility, describes it as “The Wedding Show, with more faux pas”.
And there couldn’t have been a more spectacular social blunder than in this edition, where we saw black Molebogeng and white Yvette tie the knot.
Tweeps just couldn’t get over this interracial wedding. And look, it’s obvious the producers set up questions for the couple and their families to focus squarely on their interracial-ness.
Molebogeng started by mentioning that he never had any black friends in school and that his best friend is an Afrikaner. Yvette’s sister seemed happy with her new black brother-in-law, proclaiming that she had heard that “once you go black, you never go back”. Cringe.
The wedding plans commenced with Yvette revealing that she couldn’t imagine spending a huge amount of money on a dress she would only wear for one day and that she was hiring one. She came out with a beautiful laced number from a boutique owned by Karen Wang. No relation to Vera Wang, I’m sure. Yvette also went to pick up the rings, although I’m not sure if she paid for both. Her wedding band was studded with black diamonds because, and I quote: “He is my black diamond.” Double cringe. @Sentletse tweeted: “This white makoti calls the dude her ‘black diamond’. The ancestors won’t be too pleased with this.”
The actual wedding seemed lovely and quite low-key. The décor was all white and black, with a touch of red. Maybe a little bit too much organza, (I think any amount of organza is too much), but it all looked very stylish.
Yvette included some Swati traditional touches. Luckily, she did not come out wearing a doek. Molebogeng’s mother told her she did not have to and that it would come off as disrespectful. @Sentletse couldn’t help point out the demographics: “This wedding looks like a boardroom of corporate SA – 90% white.” @GuguNdabezitha quipped: “Black people love attention/would live in debt for extravagant weddings. Look how simple and beautiful this is. #takenote”
Despite everything, you could see the two were really in love. Here’s to many happy years for Molebogeng and Yvette. Catch Our Perfect Wedding every Sunday at 7pm, with repeats on
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BLACK, WHITE AND RED
Molebogeng and Yvette shortly before they tied the knot