Kenya, as well as many African countries, does not belong to the gay friendly countries. So banning the video might upset Kenyan LGBT community, but it was not a surprise. What is really surprising is the effect received – the video was used to promote LGBT rights.
The song is a remix of the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s 2012 hit, ‘Same Love’, which has been remixed by Art Attack, an Kenyan rapper. The video shows two men in bed and two women kissing on the park bench. It did not receive an official license, but it already has more than 120,000 views on Youtube, despite only being up for around three weeks.
The lyrics of the song call on the country to have a “sex rights movement” and is one of the first times someone has used the internet in the nation to campaign for LGBT rights.
“The video currently circulating on YouTube consists of lyrics that strongly advocate for gay rights in Kenya, complete with graphic sexual scenes between people of the same gender, as well as depiction of nudity and pornography.”, said film classification board spokeperson.
We expected that this will create controversy, we expected that a lot of people will talk about it but we didn’t expect the amount of publicity it has received. he erotic scenes were meant to show that these people also fall in love.” say the video creators.