LEBO MASHILE

Poet and per­former

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - GENDER REPORT - @lebo­mashile

‘I don’t walk into a sit­u­a­tion want­ing to dis­re­spect any­one, so if people are of­fended, then they’re of­fended by the val­ues con­tained within the con­tent of what I’m say­ing. AND IF YOU’RE OF­FENDED BY MY VAL­UES, WELL THEN F–CK IT! You’re sup­posed to be! I don’t want misog­y­nists to like me, I DON’T WANT PEOPLE WHO HATE BLACK PEOPLE TO LIKE ME, I don’t want people who are fronting to like me. It’s taken me a long time, but I’m learn­ing to em­brace it, and to re­al­ize, also, that a neg­a­tive re­ac­tion can also be a pos­i­tive mea­sure of your im­pact.’

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