Gaystarnews (not a favourite news outlet of mine) published the following:
‘Shoot all the battymen’ one lyric goes. ‘Burn all the gays’ is another.
These were the words of Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, who has appeared to have now evolved his views on LGBTI people.
The reality star, who has performed all over the world, has spread a message to his fans to ‘replace violence with tolerance’.
In 2014, Wine was banned from coming to the UK over his homophobic lyrics and his support of the original Anti-Homosexuality Bill that called for the death of LGBTI people. Shortly after this, he was beset by malaria.
‘In my life, I have disagreed with many people over many issues. Our opinions have differed on religion, sexual preferences, politics and a wide range of ideologies,’ Wine posted on Facebook.
‘There are reasons why we differ in thinking ranging from the way we are brought up, our geographical locations, social classification and the general mindset of societies where we live. That however doesn’t mean that an individual is superior or inferior to the other just because they differ in opinions about the above.
Wine added: ‘My key message this year is, ‘Ayawuka kundowoza yo tekimufula mulabe wo’ (difference in opinion doesn’t make us enemies).
‘Let us approach every issue with respect for one another, let us replace violence with tolerance. Yes! TOLERANCE. Let us tolerate each other no matter how far distant our opinions might differ. I believe that if we all subscribed to only one opinion, we would be damned fools.’
Edwin Sesange, the director of the African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group, told Gay Star News: ‘We’ve been in discussions with him. We welcome it, we would always prefer a message of tolerance than a message of hatred and calling for the murder of gay people.
‘It’s a step in the right direction and we hope people now copy him. If Bobi Wine can preach tolerance, after his message of hate, then it means that the work we do to change people’s people’s attitudes change is happening.'
30 JULY 2014
A Uganda rapper has lashed out after getting banned from UK venues over his homophobic views.
Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has called all Ugandans in his songs to help ‘burn all the gays’ and has accused President Barack Obama of promoting homosexuality and being a ‘fagot’.
He was due to perform in venues in London and Birmingham in August. Following reports on Gay Star News and on other news sites, he was banned.
On Facebook, he has posted a statement responding to the controversy.
‘There has been a lot of buzz about me in the media all over the world, threats and all because of my opinion about the gays,’ he said.
‘A few months ago, the president of Uganda after extensive research and consultation, asserted to the anti-homosexuality act and 99% of Ugandans were in support.
‘This statement was blown out of proportion by self-seeking opportunists who hope to gain a quick buck and of course political hegemony, taking advantage of our vulnerability as a nation.’
Kyagulanyi added: ‘The intention of the Act is to stop promotion and exhibition of homosexual practices. In fact, degenerate passions can be regulated by discipline and the benefit of the law is to create standard behavior for us Ugandans.
‘Like wise therefore, I am personally not out to threaten the life of any individual based on their sexual Orientation, I just DO NOT agree with them.
‘This is my opinion and happens to be that of 99% Ugandans/Africans basing on our culture, religion and constitution.’
While the rapper says he wants to kill LGBT people, his songs contain lyrics such as ‘Fire will burn the batty man. Burn all the batty man. All Ugandans get behind me and fight the batty man.’
He continued: ‘How be it, I completely fail to understand the pride and why the gays are so happy about it. If my opinion makes me third world, then am happy to be.’
His fans quickly supported the rapper, describing him as the ‘second president’, with one saying: ‘no homosexuality in ug !!! they should guillotined’
‘Burn batty man,’ one added, with another saying they will make sure to attend the rapper’s next show to ‘bolster the elimination of that barbaric act of gayism in our beloved country.’
Spectrum Uganda, a gay rights charity in the country, also posted on the status.
‘Am gay, Ugandan and will continue to fight gay rights until you stupid bigots put something in your heads,’ they said. ‘We are right now in constitutional court hearing the petition and injunction, come and attend if you can.’
here is one of his popular songs/video on killing gays:
Let us watch this one to see if he really evolves or is a public relations stunt, true tolerance must be lived not just announcement that are applauded for retention of fame.
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