Over the past few days, the general news media has been fraught with storied about Phil Robertson’s anti-gay comments and A&E’s subsequent suspension of the show Duck Dynasty. Although the comments Robertson made are vile, it’s not someone I really care about. While this non-story gets a large portion of media attention, the atrocities against LGBT individuals in Uganda are being given very little attention. Just yesterday, the Ugandan parliament passed the bill which makes allows for people to be potentially jailed for life due to engaging in homosexual acts. The bill also prohibits people from renting to LGBT people or even providing HIV counseling. The bill is obviously bad and obviously extreme. It is very likely to be passed into law.
Although there have been strides towards marriage equality in all 50 states over the past week, I feel the atrocities of the Ugandan bill greatly outweigh the positives that have occurred for LGBT rights in the United States. This bill affects a lot more people in much significant ways than the marriage equality rulings do, and it certainly has much more effect of people than what some reality TV show person says about gay people. The media’s priorities are not in the correct order; these days, entertainment is passing as news in many circles. While there may be some news outlets that are reporting what they should be, most are not. Additionally, if we, as a whole, think speaking about some persons unsavory opinions is more important than speaking about people possibly being jailed for life just for being gay, then we, as a whole, need to rethink our priorities.
“If you won’t listen to reason, there’s always…Towanda.”