Kenyan cover of Same Love banned by censors becomes hit

After Kenya banned a cover of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ pro-same-sex marriage song ‘Same Love’ by rapper Art Attack, the song went straight to the top of the charts. The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) banned the video last month and has also asked Google to take it down within the country.

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis originally recorded the track during the 2012 campaign to legalise same-sex marriage in Washington State.

The video features two same-sex couples in intimate situations, with two women getting engaged and two men in a bedroom. The video has now had almost 140,000 views.

‘We expected that this will create controversy, we expected that a lot of people will talk about it but we didn’t expect the amount of publicity it has received,’ said Art Attack.

‘The erotic scenes were meant to show that these people also fall in love.’

The KFCB said, ‘The video currently circulating on YouTube consists of lyrics that strongly advocate for gay rights in Kenya, complete with graphic sexual scenes between people of the same gender, as well as depiction of nudity and pornography.’

In Kenya, homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail.

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