It was all a bit of a storm in a coffee mug
Let the person without hypocrisy cast the first stone about Black Coffee's gig in Israel
The arguments are still raging, the accusations still flying, the defences still stacking up, but we do know one thing about star DJ Black Coffee: when he went to perform in Israel over the Easter Weekend, he sold out completely.
Your personal politics will, of course, colour that statement.
If, like the EFF and ANC, you consider Mr Coffee's trip to Tel Aviv a betrayal of the Palestinian people, you will no doubt accuse him of being a callous mercenary.
If, like many of his fans and die-hard supporters of Israel, you believe that the condemnation is overblown and hypocritical, then you'll see him as a bridge-building international star who has the charisma to sell out a 6,000-seat venue on the other side of the world.And if, like the DA, you recently travelled to Tel Aviv to shake hands with corruption-accused Bibi Netanyahu and you're still picking bits of political blowback out of your hair, then you'll just back away very slowly and not say a goddamned thing.These are confusing times, to be sure. In 2016, Jacob Zuma declared that Mr Coffee was “our prime international export in the music industry”, but just last year he urged South Africans to show solidarity to Palestine by not traveling to Israel. Then again, Mr Zuma also swore a solemn oath to observe, uphold and maintain the Constitution and all the other laws of the republic, so perhaps we shouldn't expect consistency from him.
Mr Coffee’s accusers and defenders aren’t making things any clearer, either.I mean, if we’re going to demand a boycott of Israel should we maybe wait until we’ve left Woolies before we fire off that tweet? If we stand in solidarity with humanity, is it OK to frame our condemnation of Mr Coffee by referring to sinister plots by “the Jews”, as seen on Twitter? And if we’re going accept his defence – that he is not a politician but just a guy trying to feed his family – then shouldn’t we forgive the multinationals that invested in apartheid South Africa ? After all, those were just non-political folks trying to feed their families, right?
Fortunately, the man at the centre of the whirlwind is going to be fine.
This week Mr Coffee changed his Twitter profile picture to that of the late Winnie Mandela, a vocal advocate of Palestine and a supporter of boycotting Israel. So that's all good then.