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Homophobia in African Music – The P-Square Rant

21 Sep

P-Square RantRecently a member of the popular Nigerian duo P-Square made a homophobic post on Facebook which naturally got shared and liked a bunch of times. What pissed gay people off was that they were slated to perform in Washington DC in the USA (a city which supports gay marriage) and in a gay-friendly club no less. Also annoying is that there have been rumours (some from very credible sources) that one of them is gay. Some Nigerian LGBT activists are trying to put a stop to their tour

I don’t know if the one who made the statement is the gay one and he’s trying to draw attention away from himself. I would advise him to read about all the outed US statesmen and religious leaders and think again about the course of action he has chosen. On the other hand, people have tried to talk to him via Facebook about the comments he has been making – he usually responds by blocking them. The other thing that I didn’t expect is the surprising response by many LGBTs – they keep trying to downplay the post, saying “he didn’t mean it” or “it’s not that serious” or “he’s just playing“. The worst is that “he is an African trying to make it so let’s leave him“. While I’m all for my fellow Africans making it in the big bad world, people are responsible for the words that leave their mouths, pens or keyboards in a public space and should be held accountable for them. Many people listen to their music (including yours truly) and to what they say, therefore I hate to think of what such comments could do to fans who are not comfortable with their sexuality and those looking to cause havoc as homophobia is rising in sub-Saharan Africa. Sometimes I wonder if many gay Africans really do prefer the anti-gay environments many of us live in.

This is yet another reason I think most musicians should pipe down and focus on their music if they have nothing constructive to say.

 
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Posted by on September 21, 2013 in Politik

 

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10 responses to “Homophobia in African Music – The P-Square Rant

  1. Clare Flourish

    September 21, 2013 at 7:00 am

    I am not African. With my historic European privilege, I am shut up by “he is an African trying to make it”. It is more difficult for me to object, especially if I specialise in objecting to one particular prejudice.

     
    • D.C.

      September 21, 2013 at 7:22 am

      I totally understand that. Being African and seeing how people think they can get away with stuff all the time because of money/power/status, the statement annoys me.

       
  2. keredim69

    September 21, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Well said. As usual its the ones that protest the most, that we should watch out for. It is a well exploited storyline on the world TV show called “Life”.

    As for the “he is an African trying to make it….” comment, one thing I have realised is that we are Nigerian’s first before being gay. Throw some money at some of the Nigerian LGBT activists and the cause is over. Sad but true

     
    • D.C.

      September 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      “We are Nigerians first before being gay” – that is such a true comment. We will see how this pans out with regards to the HRC campaign.,

       
  3. aguywithoutboxers

    September 21, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Excellent argument, my blogging brother and friend. Homophobia has no place in our modern world. Sadly, some haters just haven’t received the message yet. Much love and naked hugs.

     
    • D.C.

      September 21, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks my friend. There are truly few groups of people that can be as homophobic as closeted gays.Take care

       
  4. gaydinosaurtales

    September 21, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    The haters’ numbers are growing everywhere and their voices louder and shriller. Well written. We missed your postings.

     
    • D.C.

      September 21, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Some things are getting better while others seem to get worse. Thank you 🙂

       
  5. Tom Janus

    September 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Hearing homophobic comments period, can sometimes take the wind out of anyone’s sails, and especially in this situation. Just like bullying, it can only be tolerated so long….

     
    • D.C.

      September 24, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      True!!

       

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