The current Miss South Africa was recently criticised for wearing gloves while feeding children in Soweto so the internet created a ridiculous challenge… obvs.
Miss SA Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was recently photographed wearing gloves while doing charity work which outraged the internet with people calling her a racist.
The current Miss South Africa went to a soup kitchen hosted by Sun International at a children’s home in Soweto on Wednesday. In pictures circulating on Twitter, Nel-Peters can be seen interacting with the kids and serving food while wearing gloves, and social media users are not impressed.
She has been accused of being racist, as she wore the gloves while serving food to black children but other volunteers can also be seen in the same pictures wearing gloves too.
Nel-Peters saw the negative comments on social media and said she was “saddened” that her intentions were completely misunderstood.
“I just want to clear something out. All the volunteers wore gloves on site today because we honestly thought it’s the right thing to do, as we were working with food and we were handing out food to young kids.
“That was our only intention with wearing gloves, purely to be as hygienic as possible, and I really felt that my intentions were completely misunderstood. To me, the moral of the story was that 300 kids got a proper, warm lunch, and they got that with or without gloves, so I’m a bit saddened because my intentions were taken completely wrong, and I really apologise if I offended anybody, it definitely was not my intention.
“I’m sorry about that, I really hope that you can see my heart, and you can see the true intentions that went into today.”
The very next day, #MissSAchallenge started trending on social media.
Users on both Twitter and Facebook started sharing hilarious posts doing everyday things while wearing gloves and other forms of protection! Most thinking about hygiene first!
— GRIFFITHS (@King_Mahlela) July 6, 2017
— Unathi (@FirstLadyNathi) July 6, 2017
— 👒iLove_Mmakgabo🇿🇦👒 (@TumiMmakgabo) July 6, 2017
— Amanda (@milk_and_money_) July 6, 2017
— Jaco Vermaak (@JakkelsEnWolf84) July 6, 2017
— Faku (@Mak1803) July 6, 2017
— R.O.S.E (@mofokeng_rose) July 6, 2017
South Africans have an incredible way of seeing the funny in most situations.
Miss SA picked up on the trending hashtag and decided to join in on the challenge. She even threw on a pair of gloves to poke fun at the challenge!
— Demi-LeighNel-Peters (@DemiLeighNP) July 6, 2017
— Demi-LeighNel-Peters (@DemiLeighNP) July 7, 2017
We love that Miss SA has taken a stand and called people to come an volunteer their time! The Sun International Maslow Hotel also released a statement in defense of Miss SA and the glove scandal.
They said that all volunteers present at the event had to wear latex gloves while working with the food, this is as per health and safety regulations.
“While Demi was handing out food she was asked to pose for photo’s, so she still had her gloves on. She did not wear disposable gloves throughout the entire visit.”
Carol Dyantyi, the programme director at Ikageng, said she was shocked to hear about the outrage! Ikageng is the community centre in Soweto that Demi had been at handing out soup and blankets.
“It was such a successful day and I am sorry that the focus is now on the gloves rather than the positive impact it had. The story behind one of the pictures is fantastic. An eight-year-old deaf girl wanted to teach Demi-Leigh how to say ‘thank you’ in sign language while Demi was still involved in food preparation. Demi was only too happy to pose for a picture. For us who were there, it was such a moving moment.”