I cannot support the anti-gay bill: Bebe Cool
Real name Moses Ssali, Bebe Cool easily carried the prize for Uganda’s (Africa’s?) man of 2013 for one simple reason:
When he didn’t have to, Ssali put it all on the line and showed that he is willing to say what he believes in even if it might cost him some fans.
How so? As far as yours truly can tell, this is the first public entertainment figure with such a massive following in Uganda who has come out and spoken out against the foolhardiness of Uganda’s elected Parliamentarians where homosexuality is concerned. The only one.
His Facebook post gathered more than 7,000 responses, the most that I have ever seen on any subject of a Ugandan interest on Facebook. It also collected more than 1500 likes, suggesting that, contrary to what his detractors thought of his views, Bebe Cool wasn’t exactly whistling in the dark; a lot of people in Uganda agree with him.
Yours truly is acquainted with one or two other big musical names such as Joseph Mayanja (stage name Jose Chameleon), Juliana Kanyomozi and Maurice Kirya. He has also hang out with Bebe Cool on a number of occasions and has found him to be the more rounded of all Uganda’s young musicians of his era.
Chameleon is absolutely fiery and fantastic on stage but socially inept, even awkward, off of it. Juliana’s pipes mesmerize when she is on stage but she comes across as a tad self-absorbed and narcissistic when there are no stage lights anywhere nearby, likely due to the work she has to put in to be a diva. I obviously like (no, not sexually please) and admire Maurice Kirya very much but, while yours truly is slowing down, Maurice is still living life in a mode where he has to run very fast just to stay still so I accept that we will not be in the same ‘time zone’ for more than a couple of seconds even when we are sitting at the same table and there is no one else around. But he, too, is interesting, thoughtful and extremely likeable out of the limelight.
“I dint say am supportive of gaysm (sic) but neither do we have a right to condemn them”
In a domestic setting some years ago, Bebe Cool and I sat in a group of about 20 people who freely expressed their varying thoughts on homosexuality, many of them ambivalent even if veering towards tolerance. Bebe Cool showed even then that he was a man light years ahead of his Ugandan following by expressing the same thoughts he came out with on Christmas Eve 2013.
Some of the trite, tasteless, empty-minded responses to Bebe Cool’s post
So his pronouncement on Facebook is not an attempt to jump on the pro-gay bandwagon or trying to stir controversy for personal gain; Bebe Cool really has no patience for the silliness, foolishness, lack of education, and ignorance that most Ugandans display on this subject. In my conversation with him, he came up with a Luganda proverb, nomutto akubira omukulu engoma nazina (a youth can have something to teach an adult) that, to me, summed up this very interesting man.
Despite the ugliness he sometimes gets involved in with dead-of-night brawls, and needlessly clashing with fellow musicians over nothing, Bebe Cool is a thoughtful and intelligent man who has made use of his schooling, socialization and education. Sadly, it is precisely in those three areas that Uganda is still badly failing its young people who, far too often, leave formal schooling when they can barely read or write two paragraphs, can only extend themselves to trite inanities, are, totally incapable of thinking for themselves, and will thus be led like goats to anywhere by the next rabble-rouser who comes along.
In his own words: Bebe Cool (paraphrased)
Bebe Cool has also shown that he has a level of personal integrity and courage that Uganda’s writhing, spineless, cowardly, sadistic, masochistic Parliamentarians would do well to look up to. Here is an artist who has a lot to teach these dimwits who are passing themselves off as custodians of Uganda’s moral and religious values when, all the time, they are just showing their political cowardice and lack of moral gumption to address the real problems affecting the ordinary man and woman in the country.
If only they had the open-mindedness to listen as well as the willingness to see what’s in front of their faces.
But this was supposed to be about Uganda’s Man of the Year 2013 who stood up for gay rights in Uganda when he would have lost nothing by keeping his thoughts to himself.
Hear him, Bebe Cool, Man of the Year 2013, hear, hear.
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