Thanks to the Internet, banned gay music video becomes a hit
Last month Kenyan censors banned the country’s first gay-themed music video – and the Streisand Effect immediately kicked in.
The video, Same Love, was posted on YouTube, and has so far attracted over 135,000 views.
According to this report, because the video features a scantily clad man and his boyfriend in bed and two women kissing on a park bench, it was denied a licence for release.
The song is a remix by Kenyan rapper Art Attack of the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s 2012 hit Same Love.
The artist said of the video:
We expected that this will create controversy. We expected that a lot of people will talk about it but we didn’t expect the amount of publicity it has received. The erotic scenes were meant to show that these people also fall in love.
In a news conference, Ezekiel Mutua from Kenya’s film classification board said:
The video currently circulating on YouTube consists of lyrics that strongly advocate for gay rights in Kenya, complete with graphic sexual scenes between people of the same gender, as well as depiction of nudity and pornography.
William Ruto made the remarks at a church service on the day US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived for talks. The United States has been at the forefront of calls for gay rights in Africa and criticises anti-gay laws on the continent.
The Republic of Kenya is a republic that worships God. We have no room for gays and those others.
Homosexuality is illegal in Kenya and has been so since colonial British rule, which ended in 1963.
Hat tip: AgentCormac