Rami Chuene’s character on The Queen has been a hit with viewers, however her tendency of quoting from the Bible in the popular drama has earned her critics from some people, even the bishop she clearly knows.
Despite the fact that her expressions of the scriptures have raised a few eyebrows previously, she has recieved praise from her fans.
Nonetheless, Abraham Sibiya, the Archbishop Elect of The International Anglican Orthodox Episcopal Communion was not awed and took to Facebook to slam the use ‘holy’ words.
“I wish to express my strongest objection in the direction that The Queen has taken with the introduction of the Character of Gracious Mabuza. While the person Rami Chuene is a great actor and does an amazing job in portraying the character of Gracious Mabuza, the manner in which the name of God, the Bible and Christian practices are portrayed, leaves much to be desired and a bad after taste in the mouth. While it may seem that this practice adds some sensation to the story, it borders at ridiculing the name of the Lord our God.”
The bishop made the fact clear that it’s nothing personal to attack Rami and that his only problem is how they use ”God’s word’.
“I do not object in using the name of God in the production, since religion is an integral part of our people’s daily lives, but I object to the ridiculous way it is being used. The aim comes out as if it is trying to show how ridiculous it is to hold the creed of being evangelical and of born again.”
Maybe I should do a quick #TheQueenMzansiQandA? Ask anything about the show, I’ll respond to the best of my ability.
— Rami Chuene 1st Lady (@ramichuene) January 4, 2018
No, the Bible verses are not part of the script. I add them whenever I see fit. Or when the spirit of the Lord comes upon TGOM 🤣🤣🤣🤣
— Rami Chuene (@ramichuene) January 4, 2018
Rami also took to social media,shook by the Bishop whom she claimed to have actually known all her life, to react.
“Then again, in other news… the Bishop whom I love, respect and have known all my life put this on FB. Is anybody out there…? Am I missing the mark? Haai, this gospel bakithi!”
The actress declined to give any further remark.
Here’s an open letter from the bishop:
Grace and peace to the Executive Producers, and the entire cast and crew of The Queen. Firstly I would like to thank Shona and Connie for telling our stories in their different productions, also in The Queen. I pray that God will continue to bless you. I may not personally agree or endorse some of the stories you are portraying in The Queen, but I still respect what you are doing.
I however wish to express my strongest objection in the direction that The Queen has taken with …