Kenya Film Board Bans 6 DStv Children's Programs For Gay Themes

Kenya Film Board Bans 6 DStv Children's Programs For Gay Themes

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned several children programs on the pay television, DSTV and GOTV that are said to promote homosexuality.

KFCB chief executive officer, Ezekiel Mutua ,through a statement said that over the last couple of weeks they have received complaints from people that a section of pay TV services are distributing content glorifying homosexual behavior contrary to the law and the KFCB guidelines.

"Most of these programs target vulnerable children with subtle messages that are deliberately designed to corrupt their moral judgement regarding the institution of family, "the statement reads.

The banned programs include Loud House, the Legend of Korra and Hey Arnold, which are animation TV shows aired on the Nickelodeon channels. Others are Steven Universe, Clarance and Adventure Time on Cartoon Network, available on DSTV and GOTV.

KFCB claim that these programs have been rated as suitable for children yet they contain elements that are intended to introduce children to deviant behavior.

"Most parents in Kenya may not be aware that the children's programs are laced with retrogressive and bizarre messages intended to promote the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender agenda in the country, "the statement reads.

KFCB further says that the programs bear misleading age suitability ratings that are inconsistent with the KFCB content classification guidelines and indeed against the laws of Kenya.

The Board has written to Multichoice Limited, the owners of DSTV to cease with immediate effect the airing of such inappropriate material that targets children and seeks to impair their moral judgement on the institution of family.

However Multichoice Kenya PRO, Philip Wahome told The Standard that they had not received any formal statement from KFCB.

“We cannot act on reports from social media. We need formal communication from KFCB so that we can take the appropriate action,” added Wahome.

Mutua warned that the board would move to court should the channels fail to remove the programmes off air.

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