“Same Love” Video Banned in Kenya for Promoting Homosexuality

How can love be immoral?

A new music video released by Kenyan LGBTQ collective Art Attack was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) on “moral grounds” Monday. KFCB issued a tweet warning the producers of the video that they “are now in trouble for producing a clip promoting homosexuality.”

The video, dubbed the “first homosexual music video” in Kenya, is an African take on “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and depicts same-sex couples expressing their love for each other. The video takes a dark turn by the end and portrays the grim and hostile reality that Kenyan homosexuals face on a daily basis.

“I can’t change even if I tried, even if I wanted to,” a female voice sings in the video. “My love, she keeps me warm.”

Upon issuing the ban, KFCB urged Kenyans to not share the video with anyone.

The controversial video was released only days after The Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) released a lengthy report on the often overlooked violence against queer African women.

Compare Art Attack’s video with the original:

Originally from Sweden, Chris is a journalist with an extensive interest for African culture and the arts.