Kenya Bans 6 ‘Pro-Gay’ Cartoons Aired On DStv
Kenya is following Nigeria's censorship move where TV-bans on content channels ranging from Nickelodeon and E! Entertainment to TLC Entertainment have seen content being removed from MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform for the entire African content.
THE KFCB COMPLAINT:
The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) says the Nickelodeon cartoons from Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa), Loud House, The Legend of Korra and Hey Arnold, as well as the Cartoon Network shows Steven Universe, Adventure Time and Clarence from Turner Broadcasting have contravened classification guidelines.
The KFCB claims these 6 cartoons "are intended to introduce children to deviant behaviour".
The KFCB in a statement says these cartoons "are obnoxious and inappropriate material" and that it "targets children and seeks to impair their moral judgment on the institution of family".
"The board has written to MultiChoice, the owners of DStv, to cease with immediate effect the airing" of these shows.
Nickelodeon for instance previously showed a drag queen character in its series Bubble Guppies and a same-sex kiss in The Legend of Korra.
The KFCB in its statement says "the children's programmes are laced with retrogressive and bizarre messages intended to promote the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) agenda in the country."
The crux is that VIMN Africa, Turner Broadcasting and MultiChoice can't remove these shows from the channels for just Kenya, and that Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network and DStv are in the content and entertainment providing business – not the censorship content banning business.
MULTICHOICE AFRICA RESPONSE:
MultiChoice Africa in response to a media inquiry following the KFCB banning decision, told Channel24 that it can't yet comment on the details but that the pay-TV provider learnt of the existence of from the KFCB letter and that MultiChoice Africa is "currently investigating the matters raised in the letter".