Riese’s Team Pick: Vanguard’s “Missionaries of Hate”

As you may or may not know, Current TV is a channel on your teevee if you live in the U.S., and it’s better than all the other channels. It’s responsible for That’s Gay, which you probably love, and Target: Women with Sarah Haskins, which isn’t on anymore, but which you probably also loved at the time.

Current’s Vanguard series, “a no-limits documentary series whose award-winning correspondents put themselves in extraordinary situations to immerse viewers in global issues that have a large social significance,” recently sent correspondent Mariana van Zeller to Uganda to investigate their rapidly growing anti-gay movement:

Correspondent Mariana van Zeller travels to Uganda, where many question whether the growing influence of American religious groups has led to a movement to make homosexuality a crime punishable by death. As an anti-gay movement spreads across the continent, gay Africans and their families face an increasingly uncertain future of isolation, imprisonment or even execution.

Here’s a brief clip from one of the doc’s most shocking scenes, when Pastor Martin Ssempa hosts a press conference to show graphic gay porn to a room of international journalists. The clip is called “Eat Da Poo Poo,” and you can imagine this will shock your socks off:

Here’s the complete documentary. It’s about 45 minutes long, and you really really really must see it.


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Riese is the 33-year-old CEO, CFO and Editor-in-Chief of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, blogger, fictionist, copywriter, video-maker and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York City and mellowed out in California before returning to the Detroit area to be a grown-up. Her work has appeared in nine books including "The Bigger the Better The Tighter The Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty, Body Image & Other Hazards Of Being Female," magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are!

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    It’s really good, helped me understand what was really going on. And I actually saw one of the Christian Leaders I interned for back when I was crazy christian, preaching in the documentary. Thank the gays for saving me from that craziness.

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    I saw this about two months ago, and it is amazing but also thoroughly depressing. At least NOM and Focus on the Family and the people from those organizations stick to a fairly civil discourse — these people don’t even pretend. Their hatred is open, unabashed, and completely revolting.

    But still, totally worth watching, plus Mariana van Zeller is quite a slice of hot journo eye-candy. Mmm.

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