The Reading / Listening - Level 1

Google Kenya says it will not remove a video from YouTube. Kenya asked Google to take the video offline because it showed gay couples, gay Kenyan public figures, and scenes of what it is like to be gay in Kenya. It was made by a band called Art Attack. It sings the song 'Same Love'. Kenya's government says the video is bad for society. It says homosexuality is "unnatural". Kenyan homosexuals can be put in prison for up to 14 years.



The video is now very popular. It has been seen 140,000 times. The video shows images of anti-gay protests, and two women kissing. A government spokesman said: "We have written to Google to remove the video…We expect they will do it within one week." Google said it reviews government removal requests when it receives them, "through the correct legal processes" and in keeping with its, "philosophy on…freedom of expression".

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Sources
  • http://qz.com/638461/google-has-refused-government-demands-to-take-down-a-gay-music-video-in-kenya/
  • https://www.gaytimes.co.uk/news/29796/google-ignores-kenyas-request-to-ban-a-gay-rights-rap-video/
  • http://venturesafrica.com/gay-music-video-causes-controversy-in-kenya/


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

Google Kenya says it will not

a.

song 'Same Love'

2.

gay

b.

be gay in Kenya

3.

what it is like to

c.

government

4.

It was made by a band

d.

couples

5.

It sings the

e.

up to 14 years

6.

Kenya's

f.

called Art Attack

7.

bad for

g.

remove a video

8.

be put in prison for

h.

society



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The video is now

a.

140,000 times

2.

It has been seen

b.

processes

3.

anti-

c.

spokesman

4.

A government

d.

expression

5.

We have written

e.

within one week

6.

We expect they will do it

f.

very popular

7.

through the correct legal

g.

to Google

8.

freedom of

h.

gay protests

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Google Kenya (1) ___________________ not remove a video from YouTube. Kenya asked Google (2) ___________________ video offline because it showed gay couples, gay Kenyan public figures, (3) ___________________ what it is like to be gay in Kenya. It was made by a band called Art Attack. It sings the song 'Same Love'. Kenya's government (4) ___________________ is (5) ___________________. It says homosexuality is "unnatural". Kenyan homosexuals can be put in prison (6) ___________________ years.

The video is (7) ___________________. It has been seen 140,000 times. The video (8) ___________________ anti-gay protests, and two women kissing. A government spokesman said: "We have written to Google to (9) ___________________…We expect they will (10) ___________________ one week." Google said it reviews government (11) ___________________ when it receives them, "through the correct legal processes" and in keeping with its, "philosophy (12) ___________________ expression".





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

GoogleKenyasaysitwillnotremoveavideofromYouTube.Kenyaasked
Googletotakethevideoofflinebecauseitshowedgaycouples,gayKeny
anpublicfigures,andscenesofwhatitisliketobegayinKenya.Itwasmad
ebyabandcalledArtAttack.Itsingsthesong'SameLove'.Kenya'sgover
nmentsaysthevideoisbadforsociety.Itsayshomosexualityis"unnatur
al".Kenyanhomosexualscanbeputinprisonforupto14years.Thevideo
isnowverypopular.Ithasbeenseen140,000times.Thevideoshowsima
gesofanti-gayprotests,andtwowomenkissing.Agovernmentsp
okesmansaid:"WehavewrittentoGoogletoremovethevideo…Weexpe
cttheywilldoitwithinoneweek."Googlesaiditreviewsgovernmentrem
ovalrequestswhenitreceivesthem,"throughthecorrectlegalprocesse
s"andinkeepingwithits,"philosophyon…freedomofexpression".

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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WRITING

Write about gay rights for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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