In case you aren’t up to speed on what’s going on in Uganda, Idi Amin is dead and has been since 2003–Forest Whitaker just looks a lot like him. Oh and Uganda has an issue with homosexuality.
Still, with all of the problems that the people in Uganda have—finding enough food to eat, access to clean water, and AIDS—the last thing they need is someone coming into their country solely to further humiliate them in the name of gay rights.
British DJ Scott Mills has gone public with how he was ‘battered with chicken by an African witch doctor trying to “cure” him of being gay.’ Mills is in Uganda for a film about the country’s attitudes towards gays.
I honestly don’t know where to start.
To begin with, I’d have done much worse to him and I am both black and gay. Not because he’s gay but because there’s something about a white person from the same country that originally colonized Uganda in the first place then going back to Uganda to further exploit Ugandans that just doesn’t sit right with me. I mean haven’t they done enough damage to the Ugandan people? I’m just saying.
According to The Sun, stripped to the waist, Mills was also spit on and the ritual ended with water being poured over a flaming torch and on to his head.
Mills has been in Uganda filming for BBC3’s, The World’s Worst Place To Be Gay? In media reports, Mills has talked about how he feared for his life after Ugandan cops targeted him after he revealed his sexuality to a MP trying to push through anti-gay laws.
“They have these witch doctors who claim they can cure people. I went to see one and I knew they were just fleecing people for money.
“He’d say weird things like, ‘You’re very sick, so you need to go and buy a cow then we’ll transport your spirit into the cow’.
“But I said, ‘You’ll end up with a gay cow’.”
It was then that the witch doctor performed the chicken ritual to “cure” Scott.
The DJ added: “To say it was bizarre is an understatement.”
Now here’s some real talk.
The rituals and beliefs of African people are not bizarre, nor are they for Mills to understand–if God meant for Mills to understand African people–he’d have been born Black. But because MMills never went to Africa with any respect for Black people–this is the net result.
And even though the beliefs of the people of Uganda may not sit right with me here in America, that doesn’t give me the right to go over there and try to change things or make an example of them for the entertainment of the folks back here at home.
If Mills and his cohorts really cared about life for gay Ugandans, which are for the most part Black—they’d be working to empower the gays there to push for changes. If there is ever going to be a change in attitudes about gays in Uganda it’s not going to be at the bequest of a white man from England and you can quote me on that one.
No this is about exploiting a group of people for entertainment purposes. Plain and simple.
Now if Mills’ antics make life that much harder for the black gays in Uganda, that’s of no concern. Neither are the starving and malnourished people he’s passing along the way.
This is the kind of stupid shit that has Black people—including me– looking at white gays like Mills like WTF and once again does nothing to further relations between Black people—African or African-American. And that’s real.
What part of the game says that the same people who helped to put Ugandans in their current situation should then be allowed to come into their country and further exploit them for the sole purpose of entertainment?
What Mills’ is doing is no different from the jackasses behind L.A. Gang Tours—taking white tourists through the hood under the guise of creating jobs and providing opportunities for the residents of South Central.
Mills should be thankful all he’s dealing with are chickens, cows, and and little spit. Come around my hood trying to pull some shit like that will get your ass shot.