Aspirant British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has defended previous homophobic and racist comments saying they were “satire”. Considering the nature of the comments, you can be forgiven for wondering whether this oaf is an appropriate candidate for Britisn Prime Minister.
Johnson, who hopes to gain his party’s support to become the next Prime Minister of Great Britain, says articles he wrote in the past which described gay people as “bum boys” and Africans as “pinccaninnies” with “watermelon smiles” were purely satirical and had been completely misunderstood.
Answering questions from Sky New UK, Johnson said the quotes had been taken “wholly out of context”.
“If you look at each and every one of those columns and articles, you’ll find the quotations have been wrenched out of context, in many cases made to mean the opposite of what was intended.” Johnson said of his past articles.
In 1998 Johnson wrote a column for The Telegraph about the resignation of Labour politician Peter Mandelson. Johnson said the gay politician’s decision to step down would lead to the blubbing of “tank-topped bumboys” in “the Ministry of Sound” nightclub, and “the soft-lit Soho drinking clubs frequented by Mandy and his pals.”
Johnson had also been critical of allowing schools to include information about homosexual practices in sex education classes and was an opponent of marriage equality. In his 2001 book Friends, Voters, Countrymen, Johnson compared marriage equality to bestiality.
“If gay marriage was OK – and I was uncertain on the issue – then I saw no reason in principle why a union should not be consecrated between three men, as well as two men, or indeed three men and a dog.” Johnson wrote.
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The government of Botswana isn’t happy with its status as the latest African country to legalize same-sex intimacy and has announced it will appeal the recent High Court ruling that overturned Botswana’s anti-gay law. This could mean they will re-instate a colonial-era law that punished gay sex by up to seven years in prison.
The landmark court ruling on 11 June, which was praised by international organizations and activists, meant Botswana joined a handful of African countries that have legalized same-sex relationships.
But Attorney General Abraham Keetshabe said in a statement that the high court was mistaken in its conclusion in overturning the old law.
“I am of the view that the High Court erred in arriving at this conclusion and thus, I have decided to note an appeal with the Court of Appeal,” Keetshabe said, without giving further details of the grounds for the appeal.
In June, a panel of three judges ruled that sections of the penal code banning gay sex were unconstitutional as they violate privacy, liberty, and dignity. It also found the ban to be discriminatory and not to serve the public interest.
In Zambia when you want to protest you do it naked, or so says Episcopal priest, Zambian native and Human Rights researcher, the Rev. Kapya Kaoma. This was part of his response after Zambian Social Media was set alight by the live Streamed protest by Kanyanta Kakana, who is known as Tanaka.
LGBTI rights activist Tanaka, staged the protest after escaping from Chainama Mental Health Hospital on Great East Road, Lusaka.
She had returned to Zambia after a stay in South Africa where she had begun taking female hormones and had breast implant surgery as part of her transition from her original male body. When she arrived at home with her changed body, her parents placed her in the hospital because they thought she had had a mental breakdown.
At the start of her broadcast, she stated, “They want to put me in jail.”
“Please tune in. There’s a naked girl on Great East Road and it’s me,” she said shortly after displaying both her male genitalia and her breasts.
‘Look at the human rights discrimination in this country. My own mother is doing this to me. You are my witnesses.’
It is understood Tanaka was apprehended and returned to the mental health facility where she had been detained, as she entered the vehicle she said, “They’re about to take me in. I’m still live. I’m still live.”
Following on the smashing success of Bohemian Rhapsody and now Rocketman, Boy George is set to be the next to shine in the biopic spotlight.
MGM Studios has announced that a new film about the life of Boy George and the Culture Club heydays will be directed by Sacha Gervasi and produced by Kevin King Templeton and Paul Kemsley.
“There is no filmmaker better suited than Sacha Gervasi to tell George’s confessional story with the irreverence and emotion it deserves,” MGM President Jonathan Glickman said of the film.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with both of them to bring this remarkably honest and wildly entertaining tale to audiences around the world.”
It will not be the first time Boy George’s life is on screen, the BBC made the TV movie Worried About the Boy in 2010 which focussed on Boy George’s late teenage years, the rise of the new wave scene and Culture Club’s early success.
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