There is a lot of sensitivity that comes with posting certain comments on Twitter, especially regarding topics like mental health, race and sexuality. However, Cassper Nyovest didn’t think his tribute to the late Riky Rick’s (real name Rikhado Makhado) would cause such a stir.
It was widely reported this week that Riky Rick committed suicide and fellow performers have devoted their social media platforms to pay tribute to him.
Cassper Nyovest was one of them, and on Friday he tweeted: “As a man, I feel very uncomfortable when another man touches me or worse, stands behind me. So when Riky crawled up behind me in the middle of an interview, I really want to turn around and ask, ‘Which one is this now’ lol… But when I heard his voice, I got cold.”
Some people said Cassper’s comment came across as homophobic and criticized the tone of the post, and it was distasteful.
Mohale Motaung weighed in too, and in now-deleted tweets, he called Cassper’s caption very homophobic and should remove it from his Twitter account. He got a response for this though, Mohale dug in and tweeted, “Homophobes are having a field day in my listings. Anyway, I’m not deleting. But be safe.
But Mohale eventually deleted his tweet.
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Unimpressed by the debate over his caption, Cassper replied by saying he doesn’t care and won’t try to influence him.
Details on how to send Riky Ricks
Riky Rick’s family has confirmed his memorial and funeral dates.
The statement sent on behalf of the Makhado family states that the funeral of the deceased rapper will be held privately in Johannesburg on Tuesday, March 1, from 10 a.m.
“The family has planned an intimate gathering for his farewell. The service will be streamed live,” the statement read.
A special tribute will take place on March 4 in the presence of close friends, family and selected media. The tribute will also be streamed live from 10am.
“The Makhado family is deeply moved by the global outpouring of support over the past three days,” Makhado’s concluded.