I’ve finally decided to write a response to the aftermath of what is the Cliff Jennings story.
In my initial letter to News24 I vowed never to watch another episode. Well it took me 4 days to break that promise. Why? Because I wanted to see Cliff Jennings of course!
I wanted to see how MNET was going to explain the whole debacle.
Surprise, Surprise they neither confirmed nor denied the story.
What I find more interesting is the responses from other quarters.
The online community and fellow bloggers have come out is support of my amateur investigative journalism. Thank you all for your support (Shaun Oakes/Eishman and many others)
The responses on this blog and Facebook haven’t been so flattering. On Facebook there’s even a group called “I hate Bruinman”.
On this blog:
“get a life you brown piece of sh## “
“i hope you die a slow brown/black death”
“You're an absolute wanker! You obviously couldn't hack it as a journo, so you thought you'd bolsh your way in this way. Still won't get there. Such a dork.”
I must have upset quite a few people. I will however bet that he has disappointed more people than I’ve upset. He claims to be living the Dream and on his Facebook quotes he states more than once “Keep it real”. What was real about it? Numerous messages on Facebook have stated that Cliff is/was inspiration to many watchers of Idols. They have found out earlier than later that their inspiration was a fake. He was paid by an agency to do it. He is an actor. He did it for money.
"Cliff Jennings" a fake
This year's Idols is producing a phenomenon. That phenomenon is known as "Cliff Jennings". Cliff auditioned in Johannesburg and sang his own song. It was terrible. He gave everyone his myspace address ( Randall refused). He showed up in Cape Town and sang my African Queen. This was just as bad and again he was chased by the judges. To no-one's surprise he showed up at the Margate auditions. Before he could get a word in, the Brown ou Randall, chased him away like a sick dog. This has created Cliff a cult following in certain circles.Cliff has a MySpace profile, a Facebook profile and numerous of groups on facebook.
I Bruinman after some asking and nudging and can now reveal “Cliff Jennings” to be film-maker and director Eduan van Jaarsveldt.
Along with fellow film-maker Stephen Abbott he runs Stealth Donkey moving pictures.
Eduan van Jaarsveldt was born in Cape Town, South Africa and moved to
Johannesburg when he was 12 years old.
After graduating high school, he enrolled at The University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in the School of Arts.
In 2005, during his fourth year at Wits, he signed with an actor’s agency and secured his
first acting roles in the South African feature Tsotsi ,he had a small role as a policeman, and the television mini-series The Gothica Caper.
Many industry insiders know the truth. Randall has to know, hence his reactions:
JHB he walked out
CPT "The last rung on the evolutionary ladder," was Randall’s word.
In Margate he chased him in an over the top manner. Believe me he knows!
Eduan played "Sergeant Piet" in Catch a Fire.
He once again plays a policeman(Sgt Chris Brits) in Goodbye Bafana which is the story of Robben Island warder, James Gregory.
Here is a link ,on the Mnet site, to an interview with Eduan about Catch a Fire.http://mnetnmvideo.m-net.co.za/mnetVideo/e-mnet-mnetmedia-go_gzone_live_bonniehenna_100k.wmv
Back in Town
I'm back from an extended paternity leave. Baby is now 4 months old and I'm back at work.
Working on a scoop
Ham's Curse part 2
Please read the previous post first.
The first step to take to deprogram oneself and others from this gargantuan distortion of the truth is to realize clearly that this curse was placed on Canaan and his descendents, not Ham (Genesis 9: 20-27).
And Noah began to be a husbandman. And he planted a vineyard. And he drank of the wine and was drunk. And he was uncovered inside his tent. And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brothers outside. And Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it upon both their shoulders. And they went backwards and covered the nakedness of their father. And their faces were backwards, and they did not see their father's nakedness. And Noah awoke from his wine, and came to know what his younger son had done to him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan. He shall be a servant of servants to his brothers. And he said, Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Shem, and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem. And Canaan shall be their servant.
(Gen 9:20-27) http://www.sacred-texts.com/bib/kjv/gen009.htm
The question is, what is this curse? Canaan the son of Ham was cursed. A curse in the Bible is simply a negative prophecy pertaining to temporal life. Canaan was to be "A servant of servants He shall be to his brothers" (verse 25). This means that he was to be the lowliest of servants. The descendants of Canaan (Canaanites) would be servants first to their own brethren, the Hamites (verse 25), then to the Shemites (verse 26), and finally to the Japhethites (verse 27). We know from Bible history that the Egyptians were Hamites, the "brethren" of Canaan. They subjugated Canaan in the 15 century B.C.. When we read Genesis chapter ten we learn that the Assyrians and Babylonians were Hamitic peoples. They dominated Canaan from the 8th to the 6th centuries B.C.. When the Shemitic Israelites invaded Canaan in the 14th century the second part of the prediction was fulfilled. During the conquests of Alexander the Great Canaan fell under the domination of the Japhethites. What we must understand is that the prophecies of Noah are a capsule of ancient history.
This "curse" must be considered as an "announcement" that the descendants of Canaan would manifest the same propensity for immorality as their ancestor Ham. The Canaanites would then be justly punished for their gross sin by being enslaved by one nation after another. This is exactly what the Bible reveals.
Four Sons of Ham:
1. Mizraim (Egypt)
2. Cush (Sudan, Ethiopia)
3. Put (Libya)
4. Canaan (Hivites, Jebusites, Arvadites, Girgashites, Amorites, Arkites, Sinites,
Hittites,Sidonians, Perizzites, Zemarites)
Remember that Canaan was not the progenitor of the Black race. Therefore the curse had nothing to do with skin color. This completely destroys the argument proffered by the bigots of this world.
Gam met 'n gggeee
Where does Gam come from? Not us Hotnots. The name?
There is a joke that it is not from Mohammed( pronounced with the Afrikaans 'g' sound). Nor is it from the son of Noah, Ham. It is a very old word derived from the word "gamors".
The reason I told this joke is that I want to explore the curse of Noah. For centuries the curse of Noah has been used to justify certain prejudice and injustices on black people.
This curse, which was misinterpreted as a curse on all black skin, gave birth to erroneous statements in the Jewish Babylonian Talmud. This was followed by European colonialism using the same 'curse' to justify the brutal enslavement of Africans and later on was used by the Dutch Reformed Church to justify Apartheid. The Catholic Church itself was until the last century still under the spell of the 'curse of Ham'.
The Watchtower on Oct.8, 1977 states:
"Even up to a hundred years ago the Catholic Church held the view that blacks were cursed by God. Maxwell explains that this view "apparently survived until 1873 when Pope Pius IX attached an indulgence to a prayer for the `wretched Ethiopians in Central Africa that almighty God may at length remove the curse of Cham [Ham] from their hearts," (p. 29; see also the 2/8/82 Watchtower, p. 14-15.)
It is absolutely stunning to consider the untold death and destruction that has surpassed on account of this centuries old 'white lie'.
More tommorrow on this maybe Monday I'll see.
Ok another joke
IF YOU SEE A BLACKMAN RUNNING..... he's being chased by the police!
IF YOU SEE A WHITEMAN RUNNING....... he's just exercising!
IF YOU SEE AN INDIANMAN RUNNING...... he's got a sale in his shop
IF YOU SEE A COLOURED RUNNING........ The bottle store is about to close
White only at work
The very conditions that led to the formation of the Coloured population were made illegal in apartheid South Africa by the Prohibition of Mixed Marriages Act (1949) and the Immorality Amendment Act (1950). This helped to reinforce a Coloured identity based on race as one separate from whites, blacks and Indians for a diverse population with a multiplicity of identities. What I always wonder about the whites who were really coloured? What of the coloureds who were classified white? Three of my mother’s father’s brothers were classified white. Two of them married coloured women? They only held their white id card for work purposes but for all other purposes they were coloured? What are they? Are their children coloured? You would be surprised.
The day I saw a grown man cry
In 1960, bruinman's father was in high school. When he came home for the December holidays he received the fright of his life. The family had moved and he hadn't been informed. The house he was born in, the house his father was born in and the house his grandfather had been born in, was not the one he went home to. They were forced to move to a new house in the coloured area. His father had not told him because of how upset he would have been at school (hostel). I think the reason he didn't tell him was the shame and humiliation of losing the only thing in life that was yours from birth. When my father took me and my brother to show us where he grew up, I saw a grown man cry. There was nothing. No pear tree. No chicken coup. No House. Nothing. Not even another house. Fokol. I didn't understand that day. I think I do now. I understand that I have no idea the suffering and humiliation my ancestors went through to get where we are today. I also cannot for one second fathom their sacrifices and resign myself to forget.
In 1950 the government passed the Group Areas Act of 1950. The crux of this act was to assign races to different residential and business areas in urban areas. The law was essentially to exclude any non-White from being allowed to live in established towns or to live and work in any established economically viable areas - all of which were proclaimed to be White areas. The Coloured population suffered heavily under this Act mostly as a result of forcible removals. By 1982, more than 60 000 people (from District Six alone) had been relocated to the comparatively bleak Cape Flats. Family and neighbourhood networks broke down, making childcare and running a household economy far more difficult. The housing scheme was gray and anonymous. Employment was situated further away than before. Young people were often without parental guidance or recreational activities, and many joined street gangs operating protection rackets. Two 'super gangs' emerged, the Cape Town Scorpions and Born Free Kids, who recruited from reformatories and planned how to make their money once their sentences were up.