Comedian slammed for Wayde meme



August 17, 2016
Comedian slammed for Wayde meme

CONTROVERSIAL: Funnyman Devon Saunders caused a stir

Online community thinks DevdonDidIt's post about Van Niekerk's win is 'racist'.

Wayde van Niekerk has won the hearts of all South Africans — so much so that you dare not make gat of the Olympic hero.

Cape Town comedian Devon Saunders learnt the hard way when he created a meme to show people just why the 400m record breaker got so fast.

By yesterday the meme was shared more than 12 000 times, while Saunders received nearly 1 000 comments on his post.

The three-photo meme by internet joker Saunders, known as DevdonDidIt, is captioned: “Well Done Wayde’s World SA # proudlySouthAfrican.”

In the first photo, Wayde is being chased on the track by a cheetah. It reads: “How foreigners think Wayde learnt to run.”

The second pic is of Wayde running from a cop, who is aiming a gun at him, and reads: “How white South Africans think Wayde learnt to run.”

The third one is that of a thick leather belt and little boy about to get a hiding, and reads: “But Coloured people know!”

Some commented on the meme saying it was hilarious and said they could actually picture themselves running away from a hiding as kids.

Shannon van Wyk said: “Best meme EVER.”

Some people saw the humour Devon’s take on Wayde’s win, while others saw it as racially motivated insult. CREDIT: Facebook

And then there were the people who took offence, and slammed Saunders as a racist trying to cash in on Wayde’s fame.

Cathy Glazer Venter commented: “I’m white. How rude… I acknowledge his God-given talent.”

Fred Fisher wrote: “For Devon to say that us whites see coloured’s in that way of crime, so to say, is a genuine slap in our faces. This guy needs a real job. Being a comedian is not for him, because he’s not funny.”

Lucky Jama Benya wrote: “This is bulls***…. Why are you people perpetuating this racial segregation… this is nauseating.”

Thapelo Trompies Mahuta: “Whoever thinks this is funny is f***ed up.. White ppl won medals and no racist remarks was posted. (sic)”

Janine Cloete Meyer said: “I think you must keep your views to yourself, Mr. @DevDonDidIt you are making coloureds look stupid, including yourself seeing that you are also a COLOURED.”

But Devon tells Daily Voice his meme was not meant to offend.

“Being a comedian, whenever something major happens, I always search for the humour in it. It was never a racial ploy. If we cannot laugh at ourselves we will never get over anything. We are a unique nation of colourful people. I have the greatest respect for Wayde and his achievement,” says Devon.

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