Steve Hofmeyr has issued an apology for his comments regarding the LGBTQIA+ community on his Facebook page.
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The popular Afrikaans singer apologised after the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) dragged him to the Equality Court and demanded R500 000 for the hurtful remarks regarding the LGBTQIA+ community.
STEVE HOFMEYR: ‘I REGRET THE HURT AND OFFENCE’
TshisaLIVE reports Hofmeyr revealed in his statement that he regrets the hurt and offence he caused to the community.
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“During the past 11 months, a lot was said and Equality Court proceedings followed a video I posted on my Facebook profile in which, among others, I criticised a policy decision by the international media company Walt Disney Incorporated for the latter’s decision to attribute sexual identities to their movie characters.
“I made a comment about the LGBTQIA+ community that caused a lot of upset in many circles. I acknowledge that the comments which led to the Equality Court proceedings were hurtful to members of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“I regret the hurt and offence caused as a result of the comments and apologise unconditionally to members of the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as any other member of [the] public who was offended by my comments,” said Hofmeyr.
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LGBTQIA+ DRAGS SINGER TO COURT
Hofmeyr triggered outrage on social media when he criticised Disney’s plan to produce films with LGBTQIA+ community representation, saying the company was trying to teach children bestiality and the plus sign could be inclusive of relationships with animals.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and OUT – a registered NPO that works to ensure the health, well-being, and human rights of the LGBTQIA+ community – dragged Hofmeyr to court over his remarks on social media.
In the settlement, Hofmeyr agreed to publish an apology to the LGBTQIA+ community on all his social media platforms, which he did.
He acknowledged his statements were hurtful to members of the LGBTQIA+ community and said he regretted them.
The settlement amount of R100 000 will be paid to OUT as well as its legal costs.
In addition, as a condition of the settlement, Hofmeyr will participate in a diversity and exclusivity awareness conversation to be presented by the SAHRC.
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Steve Hofmeyr's apology for comments made about the LGBTIQ+ community. The settlement agreement will be made order of court tomorrow in Gqeberha. @SAHRCommission. https://t.co/75Ij9uzFmq
— SAHRCommission (@SAHRCommission) March 12, 2023