The BBC has banned Ghanaian hip-life Artiste and political Satirist A-plus for comments deemed homophobic and promoting hate speech on its social media platforms.
The ban follows a comment on BBC AFRICA’s Facebook wall which the international broadcaster described as “hateful”.
A-Plus wrote: “There is a one way mission to Mars. All gays can join. Fortunately you are not coming back to earth. Africa hates you. We hate gays.”
BBC AFRICA responded: “And fortunately you are not coming back here. You are hereby banned from posting on BBC AFRICA Facebook for your hateful message. We are also reporting you to Facebook. This is a space for healthy comment and debate but we reserve the right to delete comments which are racist, sexist, homophobic, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable. BBC AFRICA also reserve the right to ban users whose posts promote hate speech or advocate violence of any kind”.
A stoic A-Plus then retorts on the same platform: “Tweaa! Come to Ghana and you will get what that means. Still no gays in Africa”.
The debate on the BBC was sparked by Uganda’s President’s recent signing into law, a controversial anti-gay law which outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and requires citizens to denounce to the police anyone suspected of being gay.
President Yoweri Museveni justified the law by saying in a speech that: “No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature. That’s why I have agreed to sign the bill.”
According to him, “Outsiders cannot dictate to us. This is our country. I advise friends from the west not to make this an issue, because if they make it an issue the more they will lose. If the west does not want to work with us because of homosexuals, then we have enough space to ourselves here.”
President Barack Obama had earlier said the bill was “more than an affront, and a danger to, Uganda’s gay community”, and that: “It will be a step backwards for all Ugandans”.
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