Tanzanians on Twitter have launched an online petition to have singer, Diamond Platnumz disqualified from the 2021 BET Awards. The superstar who is nominated alongside other African superstars for the Best International Act category has been slammed by citizens of his country who believes he doesn’t deserve the award.
The petition which was launched on Change.org stated that the WCB President ‘actively and publicly supported late Tanzanian president Magufuli’s regime.’ The petitioners claim he was silent when fellow Tanzanian artists were imprisoned and abducted in 2017-2018 over video clips deemed obscene by the authorities. Over 17,000 people have signed the petition.
According to them, the BET Awards have been always held in high esteem by many Africans for their recognition of the talent of exemplary artists. The international act which was established in 2018 has consistently gone to artists who have been very conscientious and stood up for justice for African lives. Both Davido (2018) and Burna Boy (2019 and 2020) have been in the frontline at the #EndSARS protests using their star power and fame to shed light on injustice and even protect civilians from police brutality.
Diamond Platnumz is a selfish, greedy opportunist and an apologist of a repressive regime who chose to deliberately turn a blind eye to atrocities and associate, praise, and collaborates with renowned human rights violators like Paul Makonda and John Magufuli.
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