The major censorship board of Kenya, Kenya Film and Classification Board is not playing around with the overall moral cadence of the nation’s citizens. Barely weeks after it accused Netflix of being a threat to moral values, they have banned a video that was made to promote alternative sexualities within the country.
The music video that has been banned is the video for the Same Love Remix which is an African take on the widely popular Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. It depicts both male and female same sex couples in various scenarios that celebrate homosexuality. One scene shows two women in bed together, and the video is said to have been made to denounce homophobia and inspire a trend of equal rights for people of alternative sexualities in the country. The video was released by a group of Kenyans within the LGBTI community, which is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and intersex community and was seemingly released to highlight the reality faced by gay Kenyans.
Upon issuing the ban via the organisations twitter feed, the Kenya Film and Classification Board also urged Kenyans not to share the final product. They say that the producers of the Same Love Remix video, had failed to obtain a license to shoot the video as stipulated by law. The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK)’s less than two weeks before, released a report showing the heightened amounts of violence against queer women, the cover page of the report reads;
“Research on the Lived Experiences of LBQ Women in Kenya. This document provides insights into the scopes and experiences of structural and everyday violence Lesbian Bisexual & Queer women face in Kenya.”
The video is believed to have been made to address the same issue and bring it to the forefront of both the people and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration.