The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) on Friday, 21st February, banned a gay-themed Hindi movie titled, “Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan (SMZS)“, terming it as an affront to the Kenyan Constitution.
In a statement issued in Nairobi, the KFCB noted that the movie was a violation of the Kenyan Constitution, laws and culture as well as the society’s firm beliefs in the sacrosanct institution of family.
“The film, which was presented for examination and classification by Crimson Multimedia Limited, has been restricted for its misleading and deliberate attempt to normalise and legalise same-sex marriages, against Article 45 of the Kenyan Constitution, which defines marriage as the union between two persons of the opposite sex, thus outlawing homosexuality.
“The film attempts to introduce children to homosexuality by depicting the adaptation of children’s singing games into gay-themed songs in a bid to indoctrinate young impressionable minds towards the vice,” read part of the statement.
KFCB Chief Executive Officer Ezekiel Mutua has issued a stern warning, saying those found distributing the movie will have their licences revoked.
“Any distributor or exhibitor licensed by the board will have their licence revoked if found in breach,” warned Mutua.
“It is against this background that the Board has restricted the said movie. Any attempt to distribute, broadcast, exhibit or possess such restricted material will be met with the full force of the law,” he added.
“According to Section 165 of the Penal Code, homosexuality is illegal in Kenya, and, therefore, any film or broadcast content appearing to legalise, normaliae or glorify the act is illegal, unacceptable and an affront to our cultural identity,” he said.
Section 165 of the Penal Code states that homosexuality is illegal in Kenya, and, therefore, any film or broadcast content advocating such will have its distributor or exhibitor license by the board have their licences revoked.