Zimbabwean mixed martial artist Themba Gorimbo has deactivated his Facebook page following a wave of backlash from fans of the popular local musician, Winky D. The controversy erupted after Gorimbo made comments downplaying Winky D’s fame, stating that the musician’s popularity is confined to local fans, whereas Gorimbo claims to have achieved global recognition.

The remarks, perceived as a slight against Winky D, did not sit well with the artist’s ardent supporters. Known affectionately as the Gaffa, Winky D has a dedicated fanbase that was quick to defend their icon. Gorimbo’s assertion was seen as dismissive of Winky D’s influence and contributions to the Zimbabwean music scene, sparking a heated response on social media.

In an attempt to defuse the situation, Gorimbo deleted the contentious post and clarified that his comments were meant as a joke. However, the damage had been done, and many fans continued to take offense. The apology did little to quell the outrage, as the incident was viewed by many as a direct attack on Winky D’s reputation and legacy.

Facing an onslaught of negative comments and criticism, Gorimbo eventually decided to deactivate his Facebook account. The decision was aimed at taking a breather from the intense scrutiny and to allow the situation to cool down. Gorimbo, who has a growing international profile in the MMA world, expressed that he did not intend to disparage Winky D and hoped to move past the misunderstanding.

The episode highlights the passionate nature of Winky D’s fanbase and the sensitive dynamics of public figures making comparisons between their achievements. It also underscores the power of social media in magnifying disputes and the challenges celebrities face in navigating public perceptions. As of now, Gorimbo remains focused on his MMA career, while fans await any further developments in the fallout from his remarks.

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