Fans attack actor Sicelo Buthelezi ‘Toby’ in real life because of what he did on Skeem Saam to actress Ntswaki. See what they did to him here

Fan ‘Harasses’ Skeem Saam Actor Sicelo Buthelezi

Actor Sicelo Buthelezi recently experienced a memorable and somewhat uncomfortable interaction with a passionate fan of the SABC1 show, Skeem Saam. The encounter, which the actor humorously shared on his social media, highlighted the intense reactions some viewers have towards on-screen characters.

In his post, Sicelo recounted the incident where a fan referred to him as the “Skeem Saam rapist,” a reference to his portrayal of the character Toby. He wrote:

“Just walked inside a garage and the guy standing next in line greets me like ‘Eyy ke wena rapist ya #SkeemSaam’. Kinda felt something inside hey. I’m just an actor bro,” wrote Buthelezi.

The storyline in question involves Toby taking advantage of his girlfriend, Ntswaki (played by Lethabo Mekoa), after she hesitates about being intimate. Despite her attempts to avoid the situation by missing calls from the Maputlas and informing Toby she needs to go home, Toby proceeds without understanding her change of heart or obtaining her consent.

Fans of the show have reassured Sicelo that such strong reactions from viewers are, in fact, a testament to his convincing performance. They argue that being “harassed” by fans for his character’s actions demonstrates his skill in bringing Toby to life.

Sicelo’s co-star Hellen Motsuki, who plays Melita on Skeem Saam, has also faced harsh criticism from some viewers. She has been unfairly labeled a home wrecker by certain fans due to her character’s actions on the show.

Fans Show Their Support

On social media, many fans rallied behind Sicelo and his co-stars, sharing their thoughts and experiences:

@NtlharhiSambo: “I thought about how you are being perceived after recent scenes. It’s a very sensitive topic with hardly any faces to it and a huge sacrifice in order to educate others. I don’t know you IRL but so proud of you for getting us talking about it so much!”

@sharon_dikeledi: “Melita once said a woman hit her with a trolley and said “o cheate’r le Mr Kgomo wena”?”

@purple01leopard: “You’re crushing it. Obakeng from e.tv Scandal! used to be insulted for DV because he triggered people with his performance. Job well done.”

@AfrikanChefZA: “At least you didn’t get slapped like Pamela Nomvete for her role as Ntsiki Lukhele.”

@Timothy1923: “They don’t remember the brilliant “Teddy” but a character that will stick with you for some time now.”

This incident underscores the powerful impact that TV characters and storylines can have on viewers, prompting strong emotional reactions. Despite the challenges, it also highlights the importance of storytelling in addressing sensitive and significant issues, provoking conversation and awareness among the audience.

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