In addition to Uganda's Anti Homosexuality Act, they also have an Anti-Pornography Bill, which bans miniskirts and sexually suggestive material such as some music videos. ( cover up ladies.. and put that belly away Rick Ross!)
In case you are wondering..
We had a discussion in class recently that began to get a little heated, with some saying homosexuality is anti African, and others saying homosexuality has been practiced across Africa, even before European invasion.
It is upsetting for some, and despite being told that people do what they do and just don't talk about it as a result of fear - the response can be, as it was then .. ' I don't accept that.. no'.
It was becoming a painful conversation . We were discussing Identity, Revivalism, and Fundamentalism, and to witness someone defend thier identity, in the face of deconstruction is hard.
Anyway, I'm yet to really discover what Ugandas bill actually states, but what I find quite interesting is the graphic style of this particular tabloid papers headlines. The only paper I can liken the headlines to here (UK) is the Daily Sport ( is that still in print!?!)
The Newspaper I'm referring to is..
Lets face it..Sex sells. Taboos sell
People tend to be voyeuristic.. true?
But for what has been termed a 'conservative' counrty isn't it interesting that such a sexy and harsh paper sells like hot cakes?
Will this style of journalism be banned.. should it?
It treads a very fine line between inciting violence and intimidation, hatred and humour.
e.g I struggle to say or read the word 'Bonk' .. and not smile.
Yet.. it's attached to a string of quite serious words.. and a serious accusation.. that's not funny at all, even worse if untrue.
Can trial by Newspaper ever be right?
Perhaps these headlines simply satisfy suppressed sexual desires and voyeurism..
As I said..This post is not about Uganda, or even homosexuality
rather, it's about how we police, construct, include and exclude, both our own, and others Identities..
and the attempt to stop Identities ( which cannot be fixed ) doing what they've always done..