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Tuesday, June 10, 2014


Award winning singer, Tiwa savage who has been a source of controversy since she released the highly sexual visuals for ‘Wanted’ off her debut album “Once upon a time” was recently interviewed by ‘Times South Africa’. During the interview, Savage talked about the backlash against her and the slut-shaming of other international female pop stars such as Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé. The MTV ‘Shuga’ star said her video was clearly rated for people over 18 and not for children, stating that being a role model does not stop her from exploring her life as a woman and targeting the adult market. Via Times South Africa: “[Being sexual] is something we’re comfortable with behind closed doors but very uncomfortable with in public,” she said.

“But, fortunately, as artists we have the platform to do things that a lot of people might not be able to do. I felt like I was at a stage in my life at which I was very comfortable in my skin. “I’d worked on my body and I wanted to do a video that was pushing the envelope – that would have people talking and open up a conversation.”

 “There are a lot of people who love the video and are inspired. You learn you can’t please everyone, so you do what feels right at the time.” She said she wasn’t surprised that some broadcasters had censored the video. “A lot of times you look at an artist and you think what they do on stage is their lifestyle, but just because we portray a certain thing on stage doesn’t mean when we get off the stage we sleep with every guy we see,” she said. “It’s just a persona. I don’t think anyone can look at my life and see any scandal. “That’s what parents should be teaching their children. Whether Tiwa Savage does it or not, they will have access to certain things that are bad, so we need to teach them how to decide between good and bad.” 

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