If you’ve seen Doctor Death trending again on Twitter, you might be confused as to why. However, there is a whole thread to this story that will be unpacked. Here’s what happened.
Thuso Mbedu, the South African star of the Underground Railroad, was recently congratulated by MacG of @podcastswithmacg, and in return she said thank you in a since deleted tweet.
However, she was advised to take the tweet down as MacG has faced accusations of being homophobic, transphobic and a misogynist in the past. Since she has a strong LGBTQ+ following, some of her fan base disagreed with her thanking MacG, feeling a sense of betrayal. Feelings that have ignited a massive debate on Twitter. The debate pertains to whether it was okay to thank someone who has done wrong in the past, or whether it was actually a betrayal.
Where does Doctor Death fit in and why is he on Twitter anyway?
Doctor Death, for those who don’t know, is the person who celebrated someone’s suicide in a very dark and twisted tweet. Melusi Dhlamini essentially boasted that he bullied someone who was homophobic into suicide, and he would “do it all over again, without even flinching.”
Since that time, Dhlamini was suspended from the Marie Srtopes clinic where he worked, as reported by IOL, and was banned from Twitter. Until now, apparently.
Dhlamini allegedly attacked Thuso over her tweet and this ignited massive controversy on Twitter again as some people were condemning anyone supporting Doctor Death given his past actions, whilst others see him as a mouthpiece for he LGBTQ+ community.
And so, a multitude of questions arise. Did Thuso do the right thing by saying thank you to someone with past controversy as she initially thought was acceptable to do? Can we say thank you to those who have wronged us or our supporters in the past?
And probably the most important question of all: Why is Doctor Death still on Twitter??