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Gay BBC Radio Host Threatened With Arrest in Uganda

Jim Burroway

February 11th, 2011

BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills was in Uganda recently filming a show called “The World’s Worst Place to be Gay?” where he met with M.P. David Bahati, the sponsor of the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill (a.k.a. the “Kill the Gays” Bill) that is still before that nation’s Parliament. During Mills’s encounter with Bahati, Mills confessed that he was gay. That’s when, according to Mills, Bahati “went mental“:

He explained: “He was scary. He ordered us to cut the cameras then brought a security guard. We ran off and he rang one of our guys saying, ‘Where are they staying? What are the registration plates? I want them arrested. They won’t get far’.”

Fortunately Scott’s colleague lied about their location, and armed police arrived at the Sheraton – where they had been falsely told the team were staying. The DJ continued: “I’d heard horror stories about people getting arrested and roughed up and who knows what. I was scared.”

On a lighter note, Mills learned that some people turn to traditional healers in their desperate attempt to become straight. So Mills decided to give it a try.

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It looks to be about as effective as therapies from NARTH or Exodus.

The program airs in Britain on BBC3 on Monday at 9:00 p.m. There’s no word on whether the program will be available on the web internationally.

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Erin
February 11th, 2011 | LINK

Hmm, looked like they were just trying to embarrass him a little. I don’t think they thought that would work either.

Nathaniel
February 11th, 2011 | LINK

That was…hysterical!

AJD
February 11th, 2011 | LINK

It’s like something out of Monty Python…

tavdy79
February 11th, 2011 | LINK

I imagine that after his experience with Rachel Maddow, Bahati is somewhat wary of gay media types.

@ AJD, don’t be too surprised. Surreal as it might seem, Fawlty Towers was based on the experiences the Monty Python team had while staying at the Gleneagles hotel on the English Riviera. Which just goes to prove that, as here, reality really is often stranger than fiction – especially when it involves those whose grasp on reality is somewhat attenuated.

anteros
February 11th, 2011 | LINK

armed police arrived at the sheraton? dude wasn’t playing around… he meant business. maybe misdirected payback for being sent away from that conference stateside?

Pender
February 11th, 2011 | LINK

Isn’t that an act of war? Can we call in the Predator drones yet?

Rob San Diego
February 11th, 2011 | LINK

Are you telling me that I could of been straight all this time and all I had to do was find people to laugh at me while they rub my body with a wet chicken?

I tried the wet chicken thing before but I didn’t have people laugh at me, I also used clean pure water. It appears in this vid that they used dirty stagnant water.

Maybe the key is dirty water and laughter. It must unlock the secret proprieties of heterosexuality. But then there is the whole self humiliation aspect of the ritual itself. So feeling dirty and being ridiculed is what makes a straight man straight.

If only there were a scientific device that could help me out in all of this, (clenching my fist to the sky I yell,) “Damn you Star Trek, where is my Tricorder?”

WMDKitty
February 11th, 2011 | LINK

Best. “Exorcism”. Evar.

darkmoonman
February 12th, 2011 | LINK

This called “let’s make fun of the stupid whiteboy.”

Meredith
February 13th, 2011 | LINK

Having seen video of traditional Vodou/Vodun rituals, I think that’s what they were doing here. They use roosters (which I believe are associated with Elegua/Legba, the loa of the crossroads between the earth and the spirit realm) to draw the veve of whatever loa they want to invoke in the air, and the tree they had him leaning on was probably what in Haitian Voudou is called a poteau mitan, the center post the loa use as a guide down to earth to (hopefully) enter a designated body and give it their attributes. I think that’s what they were attempting here–to call a spirit down to enter Mills’s body to give him more “manly” straight attributes.

The laughing was probably just due to the fact that he was scared of the chickens. I’m not gonna lie, either; I laughed when he said he didn’t want to do it if there were chickens involved because they might flap at him.

james
February 15th, 2011 | LINK

You know, every time I’ve ever rubbed a wet chicken against my body my homosexual urges only grew! Different kind of chicken, though.

Timothy Kincaid
February 17th, 2011 | LINK

Meredith,

So this was less of an exorcism of a spirit than an invocation for a possession? (My Voudou knowledge is a bit sketchy)

Timothy Kincaid
February 17th, 2011 | LINK

But while the traditional healers were laughing at him, I’d certainly rather meet them in a dark alley than the good Christian fellow. They seem less likely to murder me. And I think I’d survive being whacked with a wet chicken.

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