Lil Nas X slammed for 'insensitive' comments after Uganda passes anti-LGBTQ+ death penalty law
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Lil Nas X is under fire online after posting an 'insensitive' and very poorly-timed tweet about 'gays' in Africa.
The 'Old Town Road' singer is known for pushing people's buttons and stirring up a bit of good old-fashioned controversy now and again, but this latest post has crossed a line with his fans.
It comes just after the sobering news that Ugandan parliament has passed a highly controversial law that could see members of the LGBTQ+ community face the death penalty.
Not long after the Anti-Homosexuality Bill bill was passed, Lil Nas X took to Twitter to ask: "Where do the gays be in Africa I wanna come there."
The assumption - or hope - is that Lil Nas X must have missed the news and asked the question by pure coincidence.
But his fans were still quite hurt by the ill-timed tweet.
"Read the room..........." tweeted one unimpressed follower.
"Who’s gonna tell him," asked a second.
"Terrible timing my guy," warned a third.
Others had a lot more to say to the 'Montero' singer.
"This is so insensitive especially after Uganda just announced the harsh punishment [for] even identifying as LGBTQ," one furious fan commented.
"I can't believe the ignorance that gets called 'influence' these days," raged a second.
As part of Uganda's new bill, those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender could face up to ten years in prison.
Plus, it will be illegal for landlords to knowingly rent out a property to a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Allies will also be at risk of breaking the law by failing to report same-sex relationships.
Finally, the bill will introduce a death penalty for any cases of 'aggravated homosexuality', which covers having sex with someone of the same sex who's under 18, or having sex with someone who's HIV positive.
Only two MPs from the ruling party, Fox Odoi-Oywelowo and Paul Kwizera Bucyana, refuted the bill.
The bill is now set to proceed to President Yoweri Museveni, who is expected to approve it, having previously described homosexuals as 'deviants'.
A similar Anti-Homosexuality Bill was passed in Uganda back in 2014, and signed by the president. However, just six months later it was overruled as it went against Uganda's constitution.
Unfortunately, it now looks as though history is repeating itself.
Uganda is far from the first African country to crack down on the LGBTQ+ community.
In fact, more than 30 countries in Africa have already banned same-sex relations.
Lil Nas X has not yet responded to the backlash from his latest tweet.
UNILAD has reached out to his representatives for comment.