The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Are You On the List?

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The Undoubted Skinner 'News' Item of the Week Was 'The List'.

Yes, we've once again been reminded that if Namibians get an urge to smear people and drive someone's life right through Malaka draai, we make up stories and draw up lists.

Everyone wanted to know this week if you were on 'the list', if you just exhibited a little stress and frustration.

In the name of provoking public debate on a contentious issue some self proclaimed pimp revealed that he is going to crap all over the lives of people he had dealings with while pursuing his seriously dodgy businesses interest.

He has a list you see. And he's gonna tell...

So, my dear little pimp boy, how are you bettering the life of fellow gays with your story. How are you promoting understanding of your lifestyle by threatening those who have not found the courage to, or never planned to, to waltz out of the closet? How do you make an already hyper conservative, backward homophobic society understand that your subculture isn't made up of a bunch of vindictive drama queens who are but too eager to stab anyone coming close to you in the back. Pun? What pun?

And what kind of businessman are you, to be willing to reveal the detail of your highly profitable clandestine operations for the cheap thrill of being the flavour of the week? And you have the audacity to appeal for tolerance.

But an even bigger pimp is the sad excuse for a third rate rag that published this poorly thought out and hastily assembled article. They saw the opportunity to jack up the traffic on their website and grabbed it with their grubby hands.

They say 10 000 comments on their site and they will release the list. They are pimps you see. Yes, they are.

The comrades at the helm of this steaming heap of excrement, otherwise known as a weekly paper, have some power and they love it. It is believed, through Windhoek's overactive grapevine, that some seriously powerful people are on the list.

But with an operator with as much credibility as an overweight diet pill salesman spearheading their smear campaign it would be a surprise if they show so much class and inteligence and reveal the list (if it exists). They might milk the situation for sales and internet traffic for a few more weeks and let it fizzle out.

I believe Standard Bank Namibia just love having their little ad and logo on the page where the sorry story appears. They are quite precious on privacy, something which this attempt at an article has no issue trampling all over. Their payoff line however slots in nicely with the theme of the page: Score your way to the African Cup of Nations.

Anyway, starting a rumour in Windhoek about someone's sexual preference is so last year. It's not uncommon to hear stories about people as soon as they become well known. I've heard about people who are kamma gay who wouldn't know a butch from a queen even if one would sit on their face. I think most of these rumours are started because jealous people hate to see others get ahead in life.

Apart from the avalanche of lawsuits awaiting the author of the unfortunate article the editor of the rag will have to explain to the media fraternity what business an aspirant newspaper has; brazenly ignoring professional ethics by outing a minority that might face persecution.

If you are on the list send me an email or send Aunty Moana an SMS. Like my Facebook page if you don't want to be on my list.

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