You know how I know you’re gay? I saw you drinking Bailey’s Irish Cream.
That might sound like a stupid joke, but it’s the thought process of a judge in Cameroon who convicted a man of ‘being a homosexual’ based in part on the fact that he enjoyed the cream-based liqueur.
I don’t even want to tell you what happened to the guy they caught drinking an Appletini.
Defense attorney Michel Togue, who represented the man in question, claims that since it’s nearly impossible to catch people in the act, the Cameroonian government relies on stereotypes when making their case against homosexuals. As a result, having “feminine mannerisms” or dressing in an effeminate way could end up being used as evidence. In this case, Bailey’s was the clincher.
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Intolerance disgusts me, especially lactose intolerance.
Since 1972, homosexual relationships have been illegal in Cameroon, and can result in up to five-years in prison. And while that fact is troubling enough, I can’t say I’m shocked. It’s west Africa. Mississippi seems like a LGBT paradise by comparison.
So while it sucks that being gay will land you in a Cameroonian prison, what’s even more shocking is the fact that the government equates delicious Bailey’s Irish Cream with homosexuality. What kind of perverse logic is that? Can’t a man, gay or straight, enjoy a delicious glass of the refreshing liqueur without having his sexuality questioned? What makes it “gay?” The fact that it’s delicious? The fact that it’s creamy? By that logic, macaroni and cheese should be “gay.” And if that’s the case, I need to start having sex with dudes and DVRing Glee, because I’ll be damned if I’m going to give up mac and cheese just to conform to some bullshit social norms.
In closing, f*ck you, Cameroon! If I want to fill my throat to the brim with delicious exotic creams, that’s none of your damn business! (Source)