We knew that global warming was getting bad, but we didn't know that it was bad enough to freeze hell over. At least that's what some may have thought after visiting Uganda's government websites this week to find themselves greeted with pro-gay imagery and messages.
Turns out that support for the first gay Pride in the "Kill The Gays" country displayed on Uganda's official websites were the work of Anonymous, and not, in fact, pro-gay sentiment from some of the most notorious and dangerous homophobes on the planet. Whodda thunk?
We brought you word of the incredible images of love coming out of Uganda's Pride on Tuesday, images later used by Anonymous to send a stern warning to the African nation's government.
“Today’s hack and deface of the Ugandan Prime Minister’s site was the latest in a long list of actions against the government and infrastructure of Uganda for crimes against LGBT people. [...]
“We will not stand by while LGBT Ugandans are victimized, abused and murdered by a ruthless and corrupt government," Anonymous wrote in a statement following the hack. "#TheEliteSociety and #Anonymous will continue to target Ugandan government sites and communications until the government of Uganda treats all people including LGBT equally and with respect, dignity and immediately ends the arrest and harassment of LGBT.[...]
“The government of Uganda will not stop us or LGBT people from standing up to their hatred and fighting against their abuses. To: Uganda → Equal treatment for ALL people, or you can expect us again.”
The infamous group also posted a direct message to Uganda's Prime Minister via its hack on The Office of the Prime Minister's website:
“You have been warned, repeatedly to expect us.
“Your violations of the rights of LGBT people have disgusted us. ALL people have the right to live in dignity free from the repression of someone else’s political and religious beliefs. You should be PROUD of your LGBT citizens, because they clearly have more balls than you will ever have.
“Real Ugandan Pride is demonstrated in standing up to oppression despite fearing the abuse, torture and murder inflicted on LGBT at the hands of the corrupt government.”
Do you think what Anonymous did will ultimately help or hurt the LGBT community in Uganda?