Twitter Streets: Hot Trends Today – March 29
HBR Fires Breakfast Show Hosts; Fined Shs.1M
Homeboyz Radio has terminated contracts of breakfast show trio Shaffie Weru, Neville and DJ Joe Mfalme over “gross misconduct and an egregious breach of the company’s editorial policies,” according to a statement by the station. “The termination follows a comprehensive review of the comments made on the station on Thursday morning and their subsequent suspension from employment.”
The management further distanced itself from having any prior knowledge of the presenters’ conversation on air. “The comments of said erstwhile employees were neither authorised, approved nor cleared with the company nor was the subject discussed and or authorised by the company’s senior leadership.”
The breakfast show has since been suspended for six months, and the station fined one million shillings by the Communications Authority of Kenya. In addition, HBR has been directed to issue a public apology in two national newspapers, and adhere to statutory requirements including a review of their editorial policy.
The move comes amid outrage on social media and pressure to hold both the presenters and the media house accountable. On Saturday afternoon, East African Breweries Limited (EABL) paused advertising on all programmes related to the presenters. In a statement, the beer manufacturer said the station went against the core tenets of inclusivity and diversity, of which it strictly upholds.
The Media Council of Kenya has since issued a statement commending Radio Africa Group for sacking the trio.
Official Statement: HOMEBOYZ RADIO TERMINATES THE SERVICES OF BREAKFAST TRIO pic.twitter.com/9FJES5SbKU
— Homeboyz Radio (@HomeboyzRadio) March 27, 2021
EABL STATEMENT ON ADVERTISING PAUSE AT RADIO AFRICA. pic.twitter.com/a0glaILA5M
— East African Breweries (@EABL_PLC) March 27, 2021
‘This Is Not Fine’:
The Communications Authority of Kenya has fined Homeboyz Radio KSh. 1M for airing a show that demeaned a woman who had been thrown off a building after she declined a man’s sexual advances.#NTVWeekendEdition @zeynabIsmail @leilakhatenje pic.twitter.com/xkNP2ikxIg
— NTV Kenya (@ntvkenya) March 28, 2021
Inooro TV’s Admin Blasts Ezekiel Mutua
On Sunday, Inooro TV topped Kenyan trends following a seemingly unprofessional tweet by its social media admin to KFCB boss, Ezekiel Mutua.
Mutua tweeted his sentiments on the Homeboyz Radio saga in which the admin replied, “The same way you degraded HARAMBEE STARS,” in reference to Mutua’s past controversial remark.
Minutes later, the tweet was pulled down and the station issued an apology. “We apologise for a message posted on this handle in reply to a tweet by Dr. Mutua. We have since established it was sent by mistake.” Inooro TV further made it clear “the message does NOT reflect the views of Inooro TV or Royal Media Services,” and the matter was being handled “internally”.
However, netizens quickly caught wind of the situation in support of the admin’s opinion. Check out some of the reactions below.
The Inooro TV admin said “Fuck It” 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/BctIMhKWS4
— Gitz 🇿🇦 (@Gitz__) March 28, 2021
Whoever posted, posted Fact, no apology. Inooro tv
— Lena (@LenaVee_) March 28, 2021
Inooro tv wamesema let there be chaos pic.twitter.com/xMriCqFpd1
— Baba Jayden & Havillah (@bennytothedj) March 28, 2021
The Suicide Squad Trailer Released
Warner Bros. has released the official trailer for The Suicide Squad. Directed by James Gunn, the fantasy film follows super-villains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, and a group of criminals from Belle Reve prison as they enter Task Force X, a super-secret, super-shady organization that drops them off on the small, enemy-infested island of Corto Maltese.
The film stars Viola Davis, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, Jai Courtney, and Alice Braga.
The Suicide Squad arrives in theatres August 6th, 2021. Check out the trailer and poster below.
“So this is the famous Suicide Squad”
Watch the brand new trailer for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, coming to theaters and HBO Max on August 6. pic.twitter.com/ad1aYf4X4f
— IGN (@IGN) March 26, 2021
Harley Quinn in The Suicide Squad trailer pic.twitter.com/CaTcDEFpOj
— best of dc girls (@girIsofdc) March 26, 2021
James Gunn revealed a new poster for The Suicide Squad ahead of its big trailer dropping tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/hs3J2mqUd9
— IGN (@IGN) March 25, 2021