Gypsy sent me this great contribution. The rainbow nature gets televised and Gypsy speaks!
South Africa is a country full of many different cultures; it’s almost impossible to truly experience every bit of South African culture in one lifetime. I, myself having spent most of my childhood years away from the
country, find that I haven’t even cracked the tip iceberg of South African culture and I go looking for it (making up for lost time)!
I was pleasantly surprised a few Sundays ago, when I turned my TV on and saw two families swap lives. I know, “how very ‘Wife Swap’-ish” but no, it’s ‘Culture Shock‘ Mnet’s latest addition. Two South African families, from different cultures/background swap two members of their families for two weeks. The aim is to have these opposing families, gain some insight into each other’s culture and way of life. With every episode I watch I am amazed and it’s so refreshing to see South Africans willing to go that extra mile.
The ‘swappers’ (the family swapping people) are extremely accommodating of their new family members. While the ‘swappees’ (the people who are being swapped) are open to new ideas and experiences and they make a concerted effort to fit in. Obviously the show has had a few not so “kodaky” moments but the families have managed to work through it and bring about a positive end.
Why is it SA rockish? Why not? This show embodies the rainbow nation that we constantly boast of. By experiencing each other’s cultures we are able to gain insight and not judge each other so much. I think Mnet ought to be commended for this show. It Rocks!
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