The “Monster” star made this point on the “Smartless” podcast, but it didn’t ring well with listeners…
The Oscar-winning actress receives severe criticism, Charlize Theronas in an interview, she mentioned that her mother tongue (she was born in South Africa), “Afrikaans” is a “dying” language.
The star of “Monster” filed this particular opinion in “Smartless” podcasthowever, it did not ring well with listeners, causing a storm of reactions.
Charlize Theron, 47, revealed that she learned to speak English fluently when she moved to the United States at the age of 19, while pointing out that there are about “44 people who still speak” Afrikaans.
“It’s definitely a dying language, it’s not a very useful language,” he told hosts Jason Bateman, Sean Hayes and Will Arnett.
Her remarks sparked mixed comments and reactions on social media in South Africa. Some called it ill-informed, others agreed that Afrikaans is a “dead language”.
“Charlize Theron is a legend. Indeed, Afrikaans is a dead language. It belongs to the past. It is a tool, once used to oppress Africans,” wrote one user on Twitter, while another said: “This statement was made to appease Hollywood. I don’t agree with her. As with all other languages, the Afrikaans language must be preserved.”
The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB), which was set up to promote multilingualism in the country, called Theron’s comments “alarming”, adding that statistics show Afrikaans is the third most spoken language in the country.
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