Kenya film bans ‘Same Love Remix’ music video

By Adan Mohammed 

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned the YouTube circulation of ‘Same Love Remix’ music video released on Friday last week by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

The board claims the newly-released adaptation of the movie currently circulating in YouTube has lyrics that strongly advocate for gay rights in the country, complete with graphics sexual scenes between people of the same gender as well as depiction of nudity and pornography.

“The board notes with great concern that this Kenyan ‘remix’ of the video, released online last week carries a theme similar to the original 2012 version by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, which is to campaign for the same sex marriage in the country, contrary to the laws and culture of Kenya.”

“While its underlying motive is clearly to advocate for the rights of gay community in Kenya, some of the elements portrayed in the video are a frontal violation of the board’s classification guidelines’. It added.

The board says the contents of the video are largely in contravention of laws regulating distribution of film broadcast content in Kenya.

The board working with Google has pulled down the pornographic movie which advocates for the gay rights from the online platform in the country.

“In our communication to Google, we have requested the organization to ensure the video is not accessible in Kenya on both the Google search engine and on YouTube.” KFCB Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua said.

“At this juncture, we want to state that KFCB has been working closely with Google on various frontiers of child online safety and protection.”

Mutua has warned that the Board will take legal action against creators and distributers of the film and broadcast content that contravene the directive.

“We wish to caution members of public against distributing or exhibiting the said video because doing so amount to abetting a crime. We have also alerted the police to initiate investigations on the authors and local distributions of the video with a view to ensure that they face the full force law.”

The board is says it is alive to challenges on regulating online content and is working with relevant government agencies on how to tame offensive content.


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