Hoping to ensure nobody confuses Jann Wenner’s U.S. magazine Rolling Stone with the small Ugandan publication of the same name, the American title released a statement this morning condemning the printing of 100 gay names with recommendation to “hang them”:
A new newspaper out of Uganda bearing the name Rolling Stone has published one of the most vile and hateful anti-gay screeds we have ever read. The article printed the addresses and photos of 100 homosexuals in the country, calling for them to be hanged. Not only are we not affiliated in any way with the Ugandan paper, we have demanded they cease using our name as a title. But there is a larger issue at stake: Homosexuality is still a crime in much of Africa, often punishable by life in prison. “Half the world’s countries that criminalize homosexual conduct do so because they cling to Victorian morality and colonial rule,” says Scott Long of Human Rights Watch. “Getting rid of these unjust remnants of the British empire is long overdue.”
For the record, the American version of RS has Keith Richards on the cover. Not that you’re going to pick up that magazine either.