Kenya’s Films Classification Board is furious that Google hasn’t even responded to their demands that it take down a video they claim to have banned in Kenya.
The tech giants are not complying with the Board’s order that it geoblock a music video that supports LGBTI rights in Africa, so that it cannot be watched inside Kenya.
The offending video is a remixed version of Macklemore and Brian Lewis’ gay rights anthem Same Love but Kenyan rappers Art Attack have added their own lyrics to the music and a video which mixes self-shot footage with scenes from the US hit television series Empire.
The board claims that the video contains nudity and pornographic images and that it has banned the video. However as it is being hosted outside of Kenya there is nothing they can do about it on their own.
Watch for your self, and see there is no sex, simulated or real – nor is there any full frontal nudity.
The board’s chief executive, Ezekiel Mutua, said he expected Google to comply with their demands within a week. However Google is yet to acknowledge their request.
The least we expected from Google was a reply whether in the affirmative or not. It is important that Google makes a step on this. 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 and pornography.”
The matter has also been reported to the Kenyan Police who are seeking to track down and identify the members of Art Attack.
Rapper, Angel Haze has just released her own unique version of ‘Same Love’ – one of the biggest LGBT themed songs to be released ever – and boy is her version powerful, raw and honest.
Haze, who identifies as pansexual and eschews gender pronouns in her music, always exhibits an insatiable thirst for authenticity and a take-no-prisoners attitude, making her rapid-fire rhymes all the more compelling.
She is currently dating model Ireland Baldwin (the daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger). The couple made their red carpet debut at the MTV Movie Awards in August last year, since dating rumours begun months before. They have since been outspoken about her relationship, supporting each other the long away.xcvbnmnb
At age 13 my mother knew I wasn’t straight she didn’t understand but she had so much to say she sat me on the couch looked me straight in my face and said you’ll burn in hell or probably die of AIDS it’s funny now but at 13 it was pain to be almost sure of who you are and have it ripped away and i’m sorry if it’s too real for some of you to fathom but hate for who you love is not exactly what you’d imagine and i guess it was disastrous cause everything that happened afterwards was just madness locked away for two years to keep me on the inside because she’d rather see a part of me die than me thrive and it’s tougher when it’s something you can’t deny
and ignorance teaches us it’s something that you decide
you’re driven by your choice is an optical illusion
here’s to understanding that it’s not always confusion
Watch the original – Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ft Mary Lambert
Back in 2012 Seattle-based hip hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released this video to YouTube. 118, 137, 502 views later the music and words are still so powerful to listen to. Same Love, features vocals by the amazing Mary Lambert, and talks openly about the issue of LGBTQ rights. It was recorded during the campaign for Washington Referendum 74, which was campaign to legalise Same-sex marriage in Washington State – Now approved.
The song reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first song to ever openly promote and celebrate same-sex marriage in the United States It also reached number 1 in both New Zealand and Australia, and was nominated at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards for Song of the Year.
The music video was launched on YouTube on October 2, 2012, and accumulated 350,000 views 24 hours after its debut. The video, spanning decades, depicts the life of the main character and the same-sex partner with whom he falls in love, including the social conflicts which befall them in relation to their sexual orientation, their eventual marriage, and their final parting in old age.
The wedding of the main couple was filmed at All Pilgrims Christian Church in Seattle. Macklemore and Mary Lambert cameo in non-speaking roles in the video. “Same Love” is now the unofficially adopted as an anthem by supporters of legalising same-sex marriage, particularly in reference.
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