Uganda bans Dutch film The Dinner Club for ‘glorifying homosexuality’
Uganda’s censorship board has banned Dutch film The Dinner Club for “glorifying homosexuality.”
The Embassy of The Netherlands in Kampala, Uganda said in a Facebook post that it “deplored” the decision to ban the film.
The embassy also published the censorship board’s list of reasons for banning The Dinner Club. These included “lurid language” and “smoking especially by women”.
The BBC reports:
The Uganda Media Council described the film as women forming a “Dinner Club which is in reality a sort of brothel”, and said the film included scenes of “gay men sauntering away drunk”.
It said “while glorifying homosexuality two women say marriage (presumably to men) is hard work! This is against Ugandan values.”
The council also objected to one man calling another a “hot chick”.
In the comments under the embassy’s Facebook post many people back the media council’s stand.
One person said: “People from [the] West should know that Uganda has a culture and it’s very right to prohibit what they see [as] evil or will torment our culture.”
But the embassy gets some support, with another person writing: “This is just unfortunate. The author at the media council does not represent the views of the majority of Ugandans. In fact he has greatly embarrassed many of us.”
The Dinner Club was released in 2010 and was due to be shown in a European film festival in Uganda.
The Embassy of the Netherlands has said it will no longer be taking part in the festival.
Watch a trailer for The Dinner Club below.