A Uganda rapper has lashed out after getting banned from UK venues over his homophobic views.
Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has called all Ugandans in his songs to help ‘burn all the gays’ and has accused President Barack Obama of promoting homosexuality and being a ‘fagot’.
On Facebook, he has posted a statement responding to the controversy.
‘There has been a lot of buzz about me in the media all over the world, threats and all because of my opinion about the gays,’ he said.
‘A few months ago, the president of Uganda after extensive research and consultation, asserted to the anti-homosexuality act and 99% of Ugandans were in support.
‘This statement was blown out of proportion by self-seeking opportunists who hope to gain a quick buck and of course political hegemony, taking advantage of our vulnerability as a nation.’
Kyagulanyi added: ‘The intention of the Act is to stop promotion and exhibition of homosexual practices. In fact, degenerate passions can be regulated by discipline and the benefit of the law is to create standard behavior for us Ugandans.
‘Like wise therefore, I am personally not out to threaten the life of any individual based on their sexual Orientation, I just DO NOT agree with them.
‘This is my opinion and happens to be that of 99% Ugandans/Africans basing on our culture, religion and constitution.’
While the rapper says he wants to kill LGBT people, his songs contain lyrics such as ‘Fire will burn the batty man. Burn all the batty man. All Ugandans get behind me and fight the batty man.’
He continued: ‘How be it, I completely fail to understand the pride and why the gays are so happy about it. If my opinion makes me third world, then am happy to be.’
His fans quickly supported the rapper, describing him as the ‘second president’, with one saying: ‘no homosexuality in ug !!! they should guillotined’
‘Burn batty man,’ one added, with another saying they will make sure to attend the rapper’s next show to ‘bolster the elimination of that barbaric act of gayism in our beloved country.’
Spectrum Uganda, a gay rights charity in the country, also posted on the status.
‘Am gay, Ugandan and will continue to fight gay rights until you stupid bigots put something in your heads,’ they said. ‘We are right now in constitutional court hearing the petition and injunction, come and attend if you can.’