Ugandan rapper who wanted ‘all gays murdered’ changes his views on LGBT rights

Ugandan rapper who wanted ‘all gays murdered’ changes his views on LGBT rights

‘Shoot all the battymen’, one lyric goes. ‘Burn all the gays’ is another.

These were the words of Ugandan rapper Bobi Wine, real name Robert Kyagulanyi, who has appeared to have now evolved his views on LGBTI people. The singer now spreads a message to his fans to ‘replace violence with tolerance’.

In 2014, Wine was banned from coming to the UK over his homophobic lyrics and his support of the original Anti-Homosexuality Bill that called for the death of LGBTI people.

‘In my life, I have disagreed with many people over many issues. Our opinions have differed on religion, sexual preferences, politics and a wide range of ideologies,’ Wine posted on Facebook.

‘There are reasons why we differ in thinking ranging from the way we are brought up, our geographical locations, social classification and the general mindset of societies where we live. That however doesn’t mean that an individual is superior or inferior to the other just because they differ in opinions about the above.’

Wine added: ‘My key message this year is, ‘Ayawuka kundowoza yo tekimufula mulabe wo’ (difference in opinion doesn’t make us enemies).

‘Let us approach every issue with respect for one another, let us replace violence with tolerance. Yes! TOLERANCE. Let us tolerate each other no matter how far distant our opinions might differ. I believe that if we all subscribed to only one opinion, we would be damned fools.’

Edwin Sesange, the director of the African LGBTI Out & Proud Diamond Group, told Gay Star News: ‘We’ve been in discussions with him. We welcome it, we would always prefer a message of tolerance than a message of hatred and calling for the murder of gay people. It’s a step in the right direction and we hope people now copy him. If Bobi Wine can preach tolerance, after his message of hate, then it means that the work we do to change people’s attitudes change is happening.’

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  1. Mandy
    February 18, 06:02 Reply

    I hate to be as cynical as DM, but has it been verified that this about-turn is not because this dude wants to regain his access to visiting the UK? lol

  2. ambivalentone
    February 18, 06:43 Reply

    *humming undertone Acapella style* “Kumbaya my lord, kumbayaaaa…..”
    Lets both stuff it with the pretense.

  3. Kenny
    February 18, 06:58 Reply

    Well he didn’t exactly say he’s accepting of gay people now, he said something about difference in opinion. Nigga just wants his ministry to move forward. I’m not buying what he’s selling.

  4. Absalom
    February 18, 07:11 Reply

    Blahblahblah…”opinion”…blahblahblahblah…”opinion”…blahblahblah… *eyes the goat vigorously* Mtscheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew!!!! ?

    • Kenny
      February 18, 08:41 Reply

      LMAO????. I burst into a fit of laughter reading this. My course mates were wondering what was up. I obviously couldn’t share.

  5. juanez
    February 18, 07:29 Reply

    wow this does not sound desperate at all….nigga is willing to say anything to get into u.k

  6. bruno
    February 18, 07:54 Reply

    guess he’s missing his london friends ??…

    really though, i don’t need homophobes to like me. just leave me alone. stay in your lane with your dumb “opinions” and i’ll be all fabulous in mine.

    also in the fight for acceptance, “live and let live” is an easier message to pass across than “abandon your beliefs”

  7. lluvmua
    February 18, 12:28 Reply

    #operationimustgetbacktotheUK…..mtcheeeew who’s listening to this ode sef?

  8. Khaleesi
    February 18, 16:31 Reply

    tchwwww … hypocrite!! he just wants his access to the UK restored … a lot of homophobic Nigerians should be slammed with the option of being banned from visiting gay – friendly countries, you’ll see how quickly they smother their homophobia …

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