A Ugandan rapper that wants to ‘shoot all the battymen’ will be performing in the UK.
Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has called all Ugandans in his songs to help ‘burn all the gays’.
He has a reality show in his country with a comparable popularity to something like the Kardashians, focusing on his music career and life with his three wives.
He is scheduled to appear alongside drama and music troupe, The Ebonies, in London and Birmingham on 10, 11, 23 and 24 August.
In a recent episode of his show, he can be seen writing lyrics for a new song.
Lyrics chosen for the new song, in mixed Lugandan and English, include: ‘If you’re a man, you better be a man. If you’re a girl, you better stay a girl.’
‘Question, why do you do the abomination?’
‘Some men dress like a bitch and get it like a bitch. They stink like fish. Fire will burn the batty man. Burn all the batty man. All Ugandans get behind me and fight the batty man.’
Shouts of ‘bullets’ can also be heard.
In a speech to his fans, he also says: ‘I want to send a message of support to [the Ugandan] parliament.
‘I know people will be opposed to me, and I’ve been banned from other countries because of my ideology of fighting gay people.
‘I’m proud to be fighting for the family and the culture. Uganda does not support or allow gay people. God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.’
Last year, President Barack Obama visited Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela and his legacy.
In response, Kyagulanyi said on Facebook: ‘So Obama comes to Africa with his wife and kids to promote homosexuality?
‘Oh what a shame. Obama you can be a fagot [sic] and a hypocrite, but pliz [sic] keep off our children, our morality and our culture.’
The Drum Theatre in Birmingham said they could take ‘no responsibility’ for the views of one of the performing artists. They said they were not aware of his comments or his song content.
‘They have just hired the space,’ a spokesman told GSN. ‘We have nothing to do with it.’
The Troxy in London, when told about Kyagulanyi, described it as a ‘serious concern’.
‘As a venue, we do take matters like homophobia, transphobia and all discrimination very seriously,’ a spokesman said.
Ugandan gay people have been ‘appalled’ by Kyagulanyi’s views.
One, Aidah Asaba, said ‘music should not be used for this purpose’ and the rapper should ‘re-think his actions or suffer the consequences’.
Another, Tony Kitara, said: ‘I have been a fan of Bobi Wine, but now I feel threatened by the very person I have been supporting.
‘As a Ugandan gay man I believe he shouldn’t be given any platform to spread gay hate through his music.
‘He should be banned from spreading gay hate to other countries.’