YouTube adds warning to music video promoting LGBT equality in Africa

YouTube adds warning to music video promoting LGBT equality in Africa

A scene from Same Love

YouTube has partially acceded to Kenyan censors by adding a warning to a music video supporting LGBT equality in Africa.

In February, the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) banned the video, a reworking by Art Attack of the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis song Same Love, which features new lyrics and a video depicting the lives of LGBT people in Kenya.

The KFCP wrote to Google, the parent company of YouTube, demanding that the video be removed from the video streaming site within a week.

According to CIO East Africa, while the video can still be viewed, YouTube has added a warning that’s only visible to Kenyan viewers that states:

“The following content has been identified by the YouTube community as being potentially inappropriate. Viewer discretion is advised.”

The site visitor can then choose to continue to watch the video or decline to do so.

The Chief Executive of KFCB, Ezekiel Mutua, who claimed that Same Love “promotes” homosexuality and contains nudity and pornography (which it does not) reportedly said that he would accept the warning as a compromise.

Disturbingly, shortly after the ban, South Africa’s Film and Publications Board signed an agreement to help the KFCB in censoring and banning content in Kenya.

Homosexuality is outlawed in Kenya with penalties include five to 14 years in prison.

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