We all know listicles help sell magazines. But then along comes Uganda’s 2,000-circulation Rolling Stone (not to be confused with this), home of the Kill The Gays Bill, publishing the Top 100 homosexuals in the country with this headline: “Hang Them.” Sadly, it appears to be working.
The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda’s 100 “top” homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: “Hang Them.” Alongside their photos were the men’s names and addresses. In the days since it was published, at least four gay Ugandans on the list have been attacked and many others are in hiding, according to rights activist Julian Onziema. One person named in the story had stones thrown at his house by neighbors.
[…] The Oct. 9 article in a Ugandan newspaper called Rolling Stone – not the American magazine – came out five days before the one-year anniversary of the controversial legislation. The article claimed that an unknown but deadly disease was attacking homosexuals in Uganda, and said that gays were recruiting 1 million children by raiding schools, a common smear used in Uganda. After the newspaper hit the streets, the government Media Council ordered the newspaper to cease publishing – not because of the newspaper’s content, but rather that the newspaper had not registered with the government. After it completes the paperwork, Rolling Stone will be free to publish again, said Paul Mukasa, secretary of the Media Council.
This is, unequivocally, a hit list targeted an entire class of people. It’s not freedom of the press. It’s freedom of the murderous.
I feel the same way about knee grows.
1 million? At this alarming rate of growth, everyone in Uganda will be turned into a homosexual in 2 years!!
If you see someone wearing bright colored clothing or listening to dance music, it may already be too late. They are probably gay.
@ron: You are an as whole.
And WHY is the U.S. subsidizing these idiots and their country???
The US and advanced countries should cut their financial help of that shit hole of a country and let them all starve. Expect for the gays of course. I hope self respecting homosexuals will agree and not be all miss-no-back-bone as usually happens here.
This reminds me why I am so lucky to be an American.
this is terrible.
…Poor Ugandan gays…
You know, one of these days we might have to loosen Godwin’s law just a bit. Also should the definition of genocide cover this sort of thing, which the one from the genocide convention doesn’t, I think. Unless homosexuals can be considered an ethnical or racial group (since “race” doesn’t really mean anything concrete within our species anyway).
I bet Elton John would sing at the publisher’s wedding for a million.
This is the Tea Party run rampant
This dispicable disgraceful diabolical hatred is the testing ground organized in part by American religious intolerance. This has to be stopped over there before it shows its ugly face here.
@ewe: If it ever shows its ugly face here, I’ll put an ugly bullet between its ugly eyebrows.
Well, US influences have altered the position of gays in Uganda during the last decade or so. They should not have been influenced, but money speaks. The antigay laws in the first place in Africa were introduced by colonists from Europe. Ironically, the idea of being gay is supposed to be a colonial intrusion, where in fact the idea it is wrong is the colonial intrusion. As someone gay who lives in Africa, this is not an abstractio.
and people wonder why these bone in the nose countries suck at life. it wasn’t colonialism, it’s not neo-imperialism, nor the american military-industrial complex; it’s THEM!
@Jeff K.: If that came to america I would start packin mad pipes with tnt.
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