Living in Poland, I sometimes get slightly behind on some issues which have been raised in the UK. Reading the MSN website, I happened across an article about the RTS awards. Looking through the list of winners, I saw that Stephen Fry had won an award for his documentary Stephen Fry: Out There. Not knowing anything about it, I looked it up. In the documentary, Fry explores attitudes to homosexuality across the globe. This includes a visit to the USA to explore ‘reparative therapy’, a visit to Brazil, where a gay person is killed every thirty-six hours and also to Russia; well, everyone by now probably knows Putin’s stance on homosexuality. What incurred my wrath most though was Fry’s visit to Uganda, and his interview with that fucking vile, despicable excuse of a human being that is Simon Lokodo.
Lokodo, for those that don’t know, is the Ugandan Minister for Ethics and Integrity. A former Catholic priest, he holds very strong views on homosexuality, in February describing it as ‘repugnant’. Well, Mr Lokodo, let me tell you, I think some of your ideas of what’s right and wrong are goddamn fucking repugnant. Here is a quote from Stephen Fry when he was interviewed about his talk with Lokodo:
“I actually got a Ugandan Minister to say on camera- he’s the Minister for Ethics and Integrity, it’s the only such ministry in the world. I said to him… there’s so much more to worry about in your country than the odd gay person going to bed with the other gay person. For example, you have almost an epidemic of child rape in this country, which is just frightening. And he said ‘Ah, but it is the right kind of child rape.’ I said ‘That was on camera. Do you know that was on camera?’ He said ‘Yes.’ I said ‘Can you just explain what you meant?’ ‘Well, it is men raping girls. Which is natural.'”
Yes, this man thinks that child rape is preferable to consensual homosexual sex. Purely because it takes place between a male and a female. If you watch the interview between Fry and Lokodo and read interviews with the guy, he makes other, just as outrageous claims about being homosexual. In the interview with Fry, he said that anal sex is dirty, and causes infections, something which only gay men get. When Fry pointed out that actually most sodomy takes place between heterosexual couples, Lokodo replied: “Not in Africa”. According to him, no heterosexual couple in Africa has anal sex. What, he’s carried out a fucking sex survey across the whole continent? What a cunting wankfox. And when introducing himself to Fry, he started with a warning of how Fry shouldn’t try to convert him to his way of thinking and his way of behaviour; apparently being gay means you’ll automatically try and ‘convert’ other people to be that way too.
The child rape quote is of course the most disturbing. Uganda has a massive problem with this and, for all his talk of wanting Ugandans not to lose their dignity and to live with morals, he doesn’t seem that inclined to solve it. As far as he’s concerned, as long as it’s between a heterosexual couple, age and consent are irrelevant. And with opinions like that, how can anyone expect him to have any empathy towards homosexuals? He probably doesn’t have a fucking heart, just a piece of rock. Or a shard of ice.
In January a bill was signed in Uganda making homosexuality illegal. Obama expressed his disappointment, saying it was “a step backward for all Ugandans”. It’s bad enough as it is, but the Ugandan government can’t even give decent reasons as to why they hate homosexuals so much. The only reason which comes across is ignorance. Ugandan Gay Rights activitist Frank Mugisha said:
“If you ask ordinary Ugandans about why they fear or why they are very homophobic, they will not have a clear answer to you…They will just tell you ‘We don’t want homosexuality in Uganda,’ but they won’t give you a very clear explanation. That alone shows that it’s actually because of ignorance.”
The Ugandan Prime Minister, Yoweri Museveni, has equally odd things to say about the matter. According to him, homosexuality is caused by ‘random breeding’. I don’t even know what that’s supposed to fucking mean. Surely most breeding is random? Unless he means inter-racial or inter-religious breeding. And lesbianism is caused by ‘sexual starvation’. Jesus Christ, if that was the case I’d be a fucking raving lesbian.
It’s probably going to be a long time before Uganda moves forward with this. It’s not like they’ve had the best human rights record ever (remember Idi Amin?). All I can say is good luck to Mugisha, who plans to fight the new bill back in his home country, despite the risk of being imprisoned. If only there were more like him.