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Angola TV production company airs gay kiss, then quickly apologizes

Angola TV production company airs gay kiss, then quickly apologizes

The producers of a popular drama seres in Angola have publicly apologized for an episode aired late last month showing two men kissing.

The kiss aired right after the main evening news broadcast in the deeply Catholic country and sparked outrage on social media.

‘We offer our sincere apologies to those who felt offended,’ the company said yesterday (4 February) in comments run by Angop state news agency.

Semba Comunicacao also promised to make ‘corrections in the presentation of sensitive content.’

Angolan public television Monday suspended broadcasts of Jikulumessu for what it said were ‘technical reasons.’

The show’s creator and head of Semba Comunicacao, Jose Paulino dos Santos is also a son of Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Better known by his stage name Coreon Du, he took to Facebook to denounce the move as ‘an act of censorship.’

Semba Comunicacao was previously accused of promoting homosexuality in its first TV series Windeck, which was also exported to Portugal and Brazil.

Homosexuality remains a taboo subject in Angola, though not illegal.