South Africa: Reality Bites Queer Women in YouTube Show

As more people use the internet to showcase diverse stories, Stud Muffinz enters the reality TV show domain to showcase the lives of young queer people in South Africa.

Stud Muffinz is a YouTube show where eight people live together in Randburg, Johannesburg, where the show is shot. A reality show where people live together for a period of time is nothing unusual. Big Brother does it, so does The Bachelor. The difference here is that it centres on the lives of queer people.

The show, which only has four episodes out, follows the lives of Corbin, Iris, Masechaba, Wanda, Synper, Khabie, O2 and Gugu as they straddle multiple identities. Masechaba is a queer mother who has to deal with an unreliable co-parent. Gugu is a queer woman who's also a sangoma.

"We felt that there was a lack of diversity in terms of content on our screens where black femme sexuality is concerned. We wanted to expand into the life of (what it's like) being a black lesbian in South Africa, what are some of the challenges, in life, at work (and) in relationships," said Naledi Chai, the content producer and director of the show.

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