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Watch: Clips From BBC Documentary on Gays In Uganda

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As reported earlier this week, British radio DJ Scott Mills visited Uganda recently to film a documentary about homosexuality in Uganda called The Worst Place to Be Gay?

Bbc2Mills risked his life when, during an interview, he revealed to David Bahati, the author of that country's "Kill the Gays" bill, that he is gay. The film airs tonight on BBC Three but two compelling clips are now available for viewing.

The first is a two-minute clip of an interview with anti-gay Pentecostal church pastor Solomon Male who insists on telling Mills what he believes the penis and the anus should be used for.

The other is a clip of Mills participating in a ritual with a witch doctor to see if he can turn him straight. It's a long (and filthy) way to go about proving that it doesn't work.

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Wait a minute ... weren't these clips filmed at CPAC?!

    Posted by: JCT | Feb 13, 2011 6:50:36 AM


  2. These two clips seem to be making light of a deplorable situation. I guess that's what happens when you send a DJ to do the job of a journalist.

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 13, 2011 7:01:23 AM


  3. Yep Scott Mills is definitely not the guy for this job - far too lightweight...

    Posted by: Richie | Feb 13, 2011 8:03:45 AM


  4. I agree with the previous comments....why do a documentary that trivializes a very serious situation? They made him look like a fool.

    That being said, are these people seriously living in 2011? They really think they can cure homosexuality by rubbing a wet, floppy chicken on a mo?!? Wow. Just wow.

    Posted by: TomTom | Feb 13, 2011 8:15:32 AM


  5. My grandmother used to say chicken soup would cure anything. I think if that witch doctor had used my grannys recipe Scott Mills would be straight. Oh, wait a minute I ate granny's chicken soup and wasn't cured of gay so maybe it wouldn't work on Scott either.

    The minister left out that the penis is also used for procreation. It is amazing that people contiue to have beliefs that science has disproven years ago. There is a clinical term for it, it is called delusional. Believing something even when there is proof that exist to the contrary.

    Posted by: bsmart2 | Feb 13, 2011 8:35:21 AM


  6. The point of this documentary isn't to expose the extremely serious human rights abuses in Uganda but to make "good TV" by pushing supposed extremes together. Is Scott Mills the right person to be hosting this production? Of course not. The fact that it's on BBC three, which is pretty explicit about its quest to be the "entertainment for young folks" arm of the BBC, says it all. It's not that Scott Mills shouldn't be doing this sort of thing but it's the representation of the program that I take issue with.

    With reference to tomtom and bsmart2, I think assuming that science is the definitive answer for everyone is going a tad too far. While we don't have to agree with how they perceive the world or choose to live within it, they don't have to believe scientific reason is the be all and end all of human existence. More than anything the clip of the witch doctor is exhibiting a localized solution to a "perceived" threat or problem. Witchcraft throughout Africa is a contentious issue but pointing out how "backwards" it is doesn't do anything other than prove how small minded we, as people, can be. Religious responses to outside threats are found worldwide, amongst all types or communities, and just because a "witch doctor" seems ridiculous to us doesn't mean it's ridiculous to their believers. The clip itself illustrates a greater problem- the "West's" persistent decision to exoticize what it can't categorize.

    Posted by: Adric | Feb 13, 2011 9:57:48 AM


  7. Christ, people, please wait until the documentary is released before you pass judgment.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Feb 13, 2011 10:02:14 AM


  8. Cut off foreign AID, IMF and World Bank support to Uganda. If it wants to persist this way, no foreign funding for this government at all.

    Posted by: Todd | Feb 13, 2011 10:13:10 AM


  9. When will this be airing in the U.S.?

    Posted by: Joseph | Feb 13, 2011 10:49:39 AM


  10. Mills is a disgrace and a fool to make comedy of a very serious situation.

    Posted by: anthony45 | Feb 13, 2011 11:28:46 AM


  11. I listen to Scott Mills on the radio every day and love him as a radio dj. I grant you that he's not the "serious" journalist, but I think it's good he's showing what it's like over there. Apart from Rachel Maddow and Anderson Cooper the US hasn't had much reporting on this issue. So I say good job for the BBC doing the program and for Scott Mills putting himself out there for it.

    Posted by: Erik | Feb 13, 2011 1:11:31 PM


  12. I don't understand all the carping about this. Yes, it's a serious issue that has resulted in death, but sometimes the absurdity of it all requires a lighter, more satirical viewpoint to really drive home the issue. It's a razor-thin line, to be sure, but I'm going to reserve judgment until I've seen the program.

    Posted by: Joseph | Feb 13, 2011 2:31:25 PM


  13. this does make light of a serious situation. it is not funny. i was not laughing when I watched. i agree with above: no financial aid for uganda while this sort of terror continues.

    Posted by: Jordan | Feb 13, 2011 3:25:51 PM


  14. This is a comedy, not a true documentary.

    Posted by: Kayla | Feb 13, 2011 4:18:31 PM


  15. I didn't see it as comedic, at least in this clip. But the dangerous bigot was not being held accountable for the natural consequences of his own stances.
    "Let's agree to disagree" is not something I would EVER consider saying to someone when the disagreement is on issues like whether innocent people in his country should be murdered.
    I can understand, though, how a person confronting such a person might find it prudent to avoid discussing the issue fully.
    David Bahati is clearly an idiot, but a very dangerous idiot. He believes selected passages of a translation of a Bible that was forced on Africans by a colonial power which treated those Africans as less than fully human because of the exact same phenomenon of selecting and focusing on obscure passages to defend their own prejudices.
    Meanwhile, while considering himself a "Christian," Bahati ignores everything Jesus said about rejecting violence (like that suggested by Bahati's favorite bill) and accepting your neighbors.

    Posted by: GregV | Feb 13, 2011 7:15:42 PM


  16. Anti-gay people -- and particularly Ugandans -- are OBSESSED with Homosexuality.

    How many women have you had?
    Answer: How many men have you had?

    Accusations of gay promiscuity are baloney, I've seen Spring Break, Jersey Shore and Girls Gone Wild. It is stupid for heterosexuals to claim their segment of society is pure.

    Posted by: SteveDenver | Feb 14, 2011 1:39:02 PM


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