Sir John Kani. Image: Instagram via @roseareyn

Sir John Kani. Image: Instagram via @roseareyn

‘So relieved’: John Kani eats humble pie following Spar rant

Veteran actor John Kani blasted Spar after he mistook the actress in one of their ads for American star Tichina Arnold.

Sir John Kani. Image: Instagram via @roseareyn

Sir John Kani. Image: Instagram via @roseareyn

South African veteran actor John Kane recently found himself in an awkward position after he headed online to attack retail giant Spar. Taking to X, the Lion King star blasted the company for using African American actor Tichina Arnold of the popular sitcom Everybody Hates Chris in one of their ads.

Later on, the real star of the spar ad, SA comedian Stella Dlangalala, informed him that he was actually mistaken.

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John Kani blasts Spar, then eats his words

John Kani recently headed online to blast local retailer Spar for using African American stars in their ads as opposed to SA stars.

Taking to X, he shared how he spotted Everybody Hates Chris star Tichina Arnold in one of the company’s ads.

John Kani
John Kani lashed out at Spar. Image via Twitter @CapeTalk

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“Last night I saw a SPAR grocery store advert starring an African American actor, Ms Tichina Arnold of the popular sitcom Everybody Hates Chris,” Kani wrote on his Twitter account in an irate tone.

“Surely they could have found a South African actor to do this advert. I am not angry; I am actually sad,” he wrote.

It turns out that he had seen wrong, and the actual star in the ad was, in fact, a South African comedian named Stella Dlangalala, who quickly informed him of his mistake.

“It’s me. My name is Stella Dlangalala, and I am African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys,” wrote the comedian.

Eating humble pie

After spotting her post, John quickly congratulated Dlangalala while adding that he keeps a close eye on these sorts of things.

“I am so pleased and relieved. I wish you all the best in your career. I have to be vigilant all the time, protecting the integrity of South African artists. Congratulations,” said Kani.