For a country and continent not entirely comfortable with homosexuality, it should come as no surprise that Kenya’s first ever openly gay music video was banned swiftly by the country’s film board.
The song, which is a remix to Macklemore’s Same Love, was released by Kenyan rapper, Art Attack and prominently features a homosexual couple as well as a lesbian couple kissing.
In an interview with Reuters, the artist said “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.”
It provoked a different reaction from the Film Board as they moved quickly via a spokesman to say the video “inappropriate”
“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, ” say Ezekiel Mutua.
On social media however, the response has the one of plenty of support along plenty of bashing with the hashtag #kenyangayvideo trending.
In Kenya, just like in Nigeria, homosexuality is crime punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
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