April 9, 2012
It’s been brought to my attention that a video clip I did nearly a year ago has been attracting a swarm of vitriolic comments online. That happens in the world of media (especially when you challenge deep-seated convictions) and so I have rarely if ever felt compelled to respond. This case is different.
Apparently in Uganda it’s improper for a foreigner to grill a local politician, even if the said politician is accused of vote-rigging, goes on to defend the practice, and for good measure chooses to attack the rights of sexual minorities. What’s more it’s okay for the aspiring mayor – being a Ugandan – to turn questions about the stunted state of Ugandan politics into a paranoid rant about the United States, because well, that’s where the interviewer was from.
Of course it is not my job or any interviewer’s to protect such types from their own insecurities. If you rationalize the culture of vote-rigging (50 years after independence no less), attack the rights of minorities, and digress from the topic at hand into a diatribe about the country of origin of the interviewer, it becomes morally imperative for the interviewer to call you to task for it. On that count I did my part. And I will continue to stand up to politicians whose mindset and actions I feel are an obstacle to well-being and progress, be they from Uganda, the US and anywhere in between.
None of this is to suggest my performance flatters me. I see room for improvement, as I have maintained since the time of posting. But, then, I’m not interested in padding my image; why necessarily hide an off night? It was an interview that went awry no doubt – but awry for both of us, and the lopsidedness of the comments defending the equally dreadful performance by a status quo politician-cum-preacher tells us just how alive insecurity and racism are in Africa’s “pearl.”
For what it’s worth, the morning after this interview took place, the aspiring mayor’s handlers called to ask if the interview could be redone – which was to communicate what they truly felt about their candidate’s showing (in sharp contrast to the civilizationally tinged objections to the post).
Here’s the clip in question. And I thank you all for your interest, even those who chose to disagree. : )