US-based Kenyan lawyer Prof. Makau Mutua is under fire from Kenyans online for defending banned lesbian-themed romance film ‘Rafiki.’
Prof. Mutua, through Twitter on Thursday, April 30th, faulted the Kenyan high court for upholding the ban imposed on the movie by Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB).
“Whether you are STRAIGHT, GAY, or ASEXUAL, you should CONDEMN the decision by Kenyan courts to BAN Rafiki, the acclaimed movie that’s won accolades all over the globe,” posted Mutua.
He further provided a link on his Twitter page and asked his followers to click it to watch the controversial film.
“Watch RAFIKI (exploring same-sex relationships in Kenya) for FREE here —https://tinyzonetv.to/watch-movie/watch-rafiki-2018-free-1521.1707736 …. It’s the acclaimed movie @EzekielMutua and the Kenyan courts have BANNED.”
Led by KFCB CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, Kenyans online bashed Makau Mutua, accusing him of promoting homosexuality.
Ezekiel Mutua tweeted: “I have seen Prof. @makaumutua promoting the film “Rafiki” that was banned by @InfoKfcb. The ban was upheld by the Kenyan court this week, but the gay sympathizer wants everyone to watch the film. What pleasure, pray, does one find in watching two girls kiss each other?” he posed.
He added: “A man who claims to be a Prof. of anything like @makaumutua should not promote homosexual content against the court ruling. He should go to the court of appeal and contest the ruling. The film “Rafiki” is banned from distribution, exhibition or possession in Kenya.”
@VictorOgembo6 said: “Prof go and promote that film in your own house with your children on set.”
@PharaohMenya wrote: “That movie was made with wazungu money for wazungu audience. Let's refrain from aping the west as though it's a sign of sophistication and intelligence. This is what plebeians not patricians glorify in the West. There are many Kenyan filmmakers making movies relevant to us.”
@KibetBenard_noted: “If animal without Common sense doesn't do such stupidity why do you want it to introduced or be supported in Africa,,,, The professor must be sick? We know the creation story and how the family is made up. We will always tell you to give us a break. A man and a woman is a family.”
@pondariver1 said: “When America legalises polygamy, a very African tradition, is when we will embrace lgbtq ism. It is foreign, unnatural and detestable.”
@watenekiokoB stated: “Pro Makau Mutua you've established yourself as a scholar but Kenyans have lost taste with you......you are a disgrace to the society in general and much more your commitment to ruin our future generation will turn futile.”
@DKWachuka asked: “What thinking is this? A whole professor, you have thrown your African values and beliefs to the dogs? You need some time with prof Ngugi wa Thiongo he holds to his culture including teaching it away from home.”