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Gay abandon - Actually there was fear and protest

Jan 22, 2012 | MDUDUZI DLAMINI |

ACTOR Zolisa Xaluva, popularly known as the bisexual Jayson Malinga in Generations, has revealed he was initially nervous about playing a homosexual in the most watched drama series on South African TV.

 There has been acceptance that homosexuality is a reality and there are things one can't change and must accept 

"At first we were quite scared of the Jayson character. We were fearful of the public's response, thinking there might be a backlash against the telly show.

"It was quite a bold step to introduce a gay relationship on Generations, a prime-time soapie that is the most watched," says Xaluva, who has matured from a hesitant, clumsy actor to a performer oozing the confidence and charm only a seasoned artist can muster. "And yes, there was initial hostility to Jayson and Senzo's gay relationship," Xaluva says.

Indeed, opposition there was. A day after the infamous Jayson-Senzo kiss a Facebook group calling itself "We'll stop watching Generations if Jayson and Senzo continue kissing" was founded.

It grew to over 20000 members in just three days - definitely one of the fastest growing groups Facebook South Africa has ever recorded.

"But it has died down now. There has been acceptance that homosexuality is a reality and there are things one can't change and must accept," the controversial TV star says.

He's right. Today the Facebook group has only 220 dormant members - an indication of the measure of acceptance of at least male homosexuality by Generations viewers?

Xaluva seems to think so.

"It (the public's response) actually m