Musician @RikyRickSA at the BET A-List IMAGE SOURCE: Twitter @BET_Africa 15h

Ricky Rick and Khulubuse Zuma have become the latest victims of #bodyshaming on micro blogging site twitter.

Award winning rap musician Ricky Rick wore shorts to the BET A List event last night. The ❝sidlukotini❞ hit-maker probably didn’t expect twitter users to be talking about his legs and knees instead of his music or at least the beautiful clutch bag he carried.

Of cause there were those who were defending the rapper, or were they too making fun of him…

Even the world renowned Hip Hop mogul Jay Z is NOT immune to the #bodyshaming

President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse Zuma who is in the news this week because he has agreed to pay R23 million to Pamodzi liquidators suffered similar abuse for his weight with Twitteratis calling him a pig.

Why are people abused on social media?

Researchers across the world are looking at body shaming and the long term consequences. One Huffington blogger says ❝there’s nothing witty or even remotely funny about shaming someone for his or her looks. The scars are often deep❞

Twitter continues making efforts toward reducing harassment on the platform, users must also take responsibility.

Abuse on social media is still abuse and is NOT acceptable. If you have nothing good to say, maybe you shouldn’t say anything.