Vlog the pain

Ath­lete Jade turns to so­cial me­dia when her life falls to pieces…

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When Jade (Gaosi Ra­ditholo) ar­rived at the ASA gym back in De­cem­ber 2016, noth­ing about her past was known. But she can’t keep her se­cret much longer and from Mon­day 6 March, trou­ble comes creep­ing out the closet for the teen.

LET IT ALL OUT

Gaosi ex­plains that “it’s been a tough road for Jade. She hasn’t come to terms with most of the trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences that she’s had in her life. So to let go of her pain and ex­press her­self, she be­gins a video di­ary on the in­ter­net [a vlog, on Tues­day 7 March]”. This video di­ary lets Jade tell peo­ple about her bat­tle with de­pres­sion, her fam­ily back­ground and her se­cret: that she was gang raped as a young­ster. Gaosi adds that “Jade starts talk­ing about the dark parts in her life that still haunt her – es­pe­cially her rape or­deal. She finds talk­ing to a cam­era ther­a­peu­tic and uses this vlog as a way to find calm and in­ner peace.”

SO­CIAL RE­SPON­SI­BIL­ITY

But that in­ner peace be­comes outer tur­moil when her vlog goes vi­ral on Mon­day 13 March. “Jade didn’t ex­pect her video to be­come an overnight sen­sa­tion. She’s fac­ing a prob­lem when her view­ers give her neg­a­tive feed­back and even bully her on­line. Jade feels guilty for hav­ing ex­pressed her­self and she feels bad for start­ing her di­ary,” says Gaosi. And it gets worse – ASA owner and Jade’s coach Jus­tice (Saint Se­seli) is fu­ri­ous about the video di­ary and the actress ex­plains that “Jade’s in se­ri­ous trou­ble with Jus­tice – her on­line an­tics re­flect badly on the academy. It gives ASA a bad name in the me­dia and that is the last thing Jus­tice needs now.”

Jus­tice even threat­ens his ath­lete later on Mon­day 13 March and tells Jade that he’ll dump her from the academy books if she con­tin­ues her vlog. “It’s a les­son for Jade and to view­ers as well that one must un­der­stand the con­se­quences of so­cial me­dia be­fore ex­press­ing your­self on these so­cial plat­forms,” warns Gaosi. On Tues­day 14 March, Jade re­luc­tantly re­moves her video di­ary but that doesn’t mean she’s go­ing to for­get about the pains from her old life…

Jade takes her trou­bles on­line and re­leases her wor­ries in a video blog.

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