Talib Kweli Greene, a prominent US rapper Tuesday suffered backlash from social media over comments he made accusing Ugandans of killing gay people.
The 40 year-old artiste was most hit on twitter where he accused war Lord Joseph Kony led Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels of killing gay people in Uganda.
The rapper who is known for his 2004 Black Girl Pain song said Kony massacred gay people, attracting backlash in form of insults and points of information.
Most twitter users accused Greene, a son of son of professional educators of publishing false information about Uganda.
Greene’s comment followed an article titled Uganda Lord Resistance Army: Kill all gays that was written by Dorothy Anderson, and published on the Mad Mike America blog.
In the article, Anderson says some Ugandans think gay people should be subject to capital punishment.
The barrage of tweets accusing Greene of ignorance prompted Mr Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire, a Ugandan writer, academician, and lawyer to say that Mr Kweli’s accusations had driven Ugandans to a point of defending Mr Joseph Kony’s LRA.
Bwesigye tweeted, “The irony in the Talib Kweli backlash is that we are not saying that Uganda is gay- tolerant. We are defending Kony”.
Who is Greene?
Talib Kweli Greene (born October 3, 1975) is an American hip hop recording artist, entrepreneur, and social activist. He is the son of professional educators. In 2011, Kweli founded Javotti Media, which is self-defined as “a platform for independent thinkers and doers”.
Kweli earned recognition early on through his work with fellow Brooklyn artist, Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, when they formed the group Black Star.
Kweli’s career continued with solo success including collaborations with famed producers Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Pharrell Williams.
Kweli is known to support artists on the rise, such as J. Cole, Jay Electronica, Kendrick Lamar, and NIKO IS.