“Let’s respect people’s names, please,” say South Africans in response to the “nickname” given to Springboks center Lukhanyo Am.
South Africans are outraged that Springboks center Lukhanyo Am was called “Lucky” — allegedly a truncated version of his name — on the social media site X.
LUKHANYO ‘LUCKY’ AM
SA Rugby Magazine announced his Rugby World Cup call-up in France with the words “Lucky is back!!!”
A picture of the Boks star along with his name and last name were added to the article.
Am, a member of the Springboks’ squad that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup, was left off of the initial 33-man World Cup roster because of a knee injury he sustained in August during South Africa’s victory over Argentina.
After Makazole Mapimpi shattered his cheekbone and eye socket during the Springboks’ 49-18 victory over Tonga on Sunday, October 1, he was called up. This week, Am will join the team in Toulon.
SA SLAMS NICKNAME
Even while it’s unclear whether Am is aware of or has approved of the “nickname,” Mzansi undoubtedly doesn’t. Many online users criticized the message as being insulting.
Masasa Mbangeni, an actress, responded, “But his name is Lukhanyo. With a name like Lukhanyo, where did you acquire the name Lucky from? No guy.”
Please remember to respect people’s names. One X user wrote, “Lukhanyo is a great name with a beautiful meaning.
His name is right there, however you choose to disregard it. It’s so strange that in 2023 we still have to correct people when they use African names. Cringe all the way,” stated another.
Another person remarked, “Your name is your identity. I’m not sure if these men are just disregarding the fact that black people are insulted because they haven’t used Twitter in the last six hours.