The Reading / Listening - Level 2

Google Kenya said it would not remove a music video from YouTube. Kenya asked Google to take the video offline because it showed gay couples and images of gay Kenyan public figures. The video also shows scenes of what it is like to be gay in Kenya. It was made by a band called Art Attack. It is a remake of the song 'Same Love'. Kenya's government said the video was bad for society. It will punish anyone it catches who distributes the video. Kenya's government says homosexuality is "unnatural". Kenyan homosexuals can be put in prison for up to 14 years.



Kenya's attempts at banning the video have made it very popular. It has been viewed over 140,000 times. The video shows images of anti-gay protests in Nairobi, and two women kissing on a bench. Kenya first tried to ban the video in February. A government spokesman said: "We have written to Google to remove the video from their platforms. We expect they will do it within one week." Google replied: "We review government removal requests when notified through the correct legal processes and in keeping with our company 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 said it would not remove

a.

couples

2.

Kenya asked Google to

b.

society

3.

gay

c.

to be gay in Kenya

4.

what it is like

d.

for up to 14 years

5.

It is a remake of the

e.

it catches

6.

bad for

f.

a music video

7.

It will punish anyone

g.

take the video offline

8.

be put in prison

h.

song 'Same Love'



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

Kenya's attempts at

a.

processes

2.

It has been viewed

b.

their platforms

3.

Kenya first tried to ban

c.

over 140,000 times

4.

remove the video from

d.

one week

5.

We expect they will do it within

e.

expression

6.

through the correct legal

f.

banning the video

7.

in keeping with our company

g.

the video in February

8.

freedom of

h.

philosophy

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

Google Kenya said it (1) ___________________ a music video from YouTube. Kenya asked Google to take (2) ___________________ because it showed gay couples and images of gay Kenyan public figures. The video (3) ___________________ of what it is like to be gay in Kenya. It was made by a band called Art Attack. It is a (4) ___________________ song 'Same Love'. Kenya's government said the video was bad for society. It (5) ___________________ it (6) ___________________ the video. Kenya's government says homosexuality is "unnatural". Kenyan homosexuals can be put in prison for up to 14 years.

Kenya's (7) ___________________ the video have made it very popular. It has (8) ___________________ 140,000 times. The video shows images of anti-gay protests in Nairobi, and two women kissing on a bench. Kenya (9) ___________________ ban the video in February. A government spokesman said: "We have written to Google to remove the video (10) ___________________. We expect they will do it within one week." Google replied: "We review government removal requests (11) ___________________ the correct legal processes and in keeping with our company philosophy on…(12) ___________________."





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

GoogleKenyasaiditwouldnotremoveamusicvideofromYouTube.Ken
yaaskedGoogletotakethevideoofflinebecauseitshowedgaycouplesa
ndimagesofgayKenyanpublicfigures.Thevideoalsoshowsscenesofw
hatitisliketobegayinKenya.ItwasmadebyabandcalledArtAttack.Itisa
remakeofthesong'SameLove'.Kenya'sgovernmentsaidthevideowas
badforsociety.Itwillpunishanyoneitcatcheswhodistributesthevideo.
Kenya'sgovernmentsayshomosexualityis"unnatural".Kenyanhomo
sexualscanbeputinprisonforupto14years.Kenya'sattemptsatbannin
gthevideohavemadeitverypopular.Ithasbeenviewedover140,000ti
mes.Thevideoshowsimagesofanti-gayprotestsinNairobi,andtwowo
menkissingonabench.KenyafirsttriedtobanthevideoinFebruary.Ago
vernmentspokesmansaid:"WehavewrittentoGoogletoremovethevid
eofromtheirplatforms.Weexpecttheywilldoitwithinoneweek."Googl
ereplied:"Wereviewgovernmentremovalrequestswhennotifiedthrou
ghthecorrectlegalprocessesandinkeepingwithourcompanyphilosop
hyon…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

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