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Kenyan official blames lion homosexuality on gay tourists

Kenyan official blames lion homosexuality on gay tourists
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Earlier this week, wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein made public photos depicting a sexual encounter between two male lions at a wildlife preserve in Kenya.

Now an official in Kenya is blaming gay tourists for the male-lion-on-male-lion action and calling for the lions to be isolated.

Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) chief executive Ezekial Mutua talked with Nairobi News about the lions. “These animals need counseling, because probably they have been influenced by gays who have gone to the national parks and behaved badly.”

Because that’s what gay people do: go to wildlife preserves and have sex while lions are watching. The threat of being devoured is the biggest turn-on.

Part of the KFCB’s job is to censor films. Earlier this week, after it was announced that the Disney Channel show Andi Mack would feature a gay story, the KFCB decided to ban the show.

“When it comes to protecting children from exposure to bad content we are resolute and unapologetic,” Matua said regarding the Andi Mack ban.

Which might explain why he’s blaming gay tourists: he seems to sincerely believe that watching gay love turns the viewer gay.

“I don’t know, they must have copied it somewhere or it is demonic,” he said. “Because animals do not watch movies.”

“I mean where on earth have you ever heard something like this happening? The demonic spirits inflicting humans seem to have now caught up with animals.”

“That is why I will say isolate the crazy gay animals, study their behavior, because it is not normal. The very idea of sex even among animals is for procreation. Two male lions cannot procreate and therefore we will lose the lion species.”

Lions are indeed endangered, but the International Union for the Conservation of Nature blames habitat loss, conflicts with humans, and isolated populations (leading to in-breeding), not gay men cruising wildlife preserves or lion-only Andi Mack screenings.

While his reasoning is bizarre, his views are in-line with his country’s laws. Homosexuality remains illegal in the majority-Christian nation, carrying a prison sentence of up to fourteen years.

So it’s understandable that he wouldn’t have much of an idea of why some people or lions are gay. Still, he is in a position of power and the decisions he makes affect attitudes toward LGBTQ Kenyans, and he has no excuse in the age of the internet for not educating himself.

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