Skeem Saam viewers took to social media this week to react to the soapies LGTBIQ+ storyline between gay characters Clement and Ori. Pretty (Lerato Marabe) and Lehasa rescued the pair on Monday, 29 August when they become victims of a hate crime on Friday’s episode.
ARE ORI AND CLEMENT GAY IN REAL LIFE?
Fans of the educational soapie also wanted to know if the actors Vusi Leremi, who plays Clement, and Ori played by actor Prince Magoai were gay in real life as they’re convincing in the soapie.
It is unclear if Mogoai is gay in real life though actor Vusi Leremi, who’s been playing Clement for a decade revealed in a 2020 interview with TshisaLive that he had to do a lot of research to understand his gay role.
The fan-favourite couple were targeted for their sexual orientation on Friday’s episode and were attacked by nyaope boys before the police rescued them.
Clemeny’s aunt Pretty and her boyfriend Lehasa (Cedric Fourie) also come through for them when they learned they were victims of a hate crime while on their baecation.
Clement is the show’s first gay character who came out in 2020, embraces his sexuality, and has finally found someone he loves since being dumped by his partner, Tlotliso last year (2021).
The TVSA August teasers reveal that his grandmother Mantuli, who judged him for being gay will have a change of heart when she learns they were discriminated against and were victims of hate crime.
The Tuesday 30 August teaser reads:
“MaNtuli has a change of heart about Ori following the Hartees ordeal.”
Clement will also have an opportunity to share his story live on air on the last day of August.
“Clement finally tells his story to live on air.”
‘SKEEM SAAM’ VIEWERS REACT
“This Clement and Ori storyline just shows how #SkeemSaam is in a league of its own when it comes to tackling real social issues. It’s so educational.”
“Clement Baecations are not for him shem. Ori left him and ran.”
“Even Lehasa told Pretty to just run during their attack I would have done the same. It was a bunch of old men against two young innocent boys.”
“Because Clement is the mosadi (woman) in that relationship. Re kwatela anything rena (we get mad about anything).”