Pearl Thusi Sets Herself On Fire To Fit In. Thusi, real name Sithembile Xola Pearl Thusi, made the admission in an interview on Podcast with Mac G that premiered earlier in December.
In the interview with Mac G the actress talked about colourism and her thoughts on light skin privilege. She revealed that, growing up, she was the only light-skinned person in her group, and was often teased and bullied for being different.
When asked if she wished she was darker-skinned, she said she used to burn her skin as a child because of the teasing.
“Uh, I used to like burn my skin when I was a kid to stop the teasing,” Thusi told Mac G.The conversation was sparked by a previous incident experienced by Thusi on the controversial topic of colourism and light skin privilege on Twitter.
In 2019, the Quantico star was called out by Tweeps who said the reason she was a successful actress was her light skin and not her talent.
The Difference between Pearl Thusi & Bonang is Class…
I'm not a fan of Bonang but that woman has composure. Even in her clap backs she sounds like a lady..
Pearl Thusi sounds more like Loxion kid.. Her Vocabulary It's like she grew up Nyaope Boys. pic.twitter.com/hXA5tBGI9X
— ChrisExcel (@ChrisExcel102) December 30, 2020
Pearl Thusi trying to "fit in" as a teenager .. pic.twitter.com/fPzM1H8tSC
— MTKN (@MTKRising) January 1, 2021
Rhythm City actress Bonnie Mbuli, whom Thusi said she regarded as an older sister, joined the heated colourism conversation on Twitter. The tweet that has since been removed read:
“So when a light-skinned actress complains abt the one or two roles they didn’t get coz they weren’t dark enuf; I’m like but the part ur crying abt was being the slave who gets raped and beat up in the thing, ppl who look like u have never had to be in that position to begin with.”