Well, it is that nice Mr. Tutu, beep beep person: ‘Jesus was forever on the side of those being clobbered…’
It comes in Vanity Fair’s special (if quite turgid) Africa edition, in an interview that Brad Pitt does with The Archbishop Desmond Tutu (don’t you love how Vanity Fair do that? Put a pop culture icon with someone altogether more weighty. Other magazines – like Interview or something – should do this sort of thing). Brad, bless him, mentions that there’s a ‘big argument going on in America right now, on gay rights and equality. ‘For me,’ says Des, ‘I couldn’t ever keep quiet…’
And continues… ‘I come from a situation where for a very long time people were discriminated against, made to suffer for something about which they could do nothing – their ethnicity. We were made to suffer because we were not white…. I’m glad that apartheid has ended. I could not for any part of me be able to keep quiet, because people were being penalized, ostracised, treated as if they were less than human, because of something they could do nothing to change – their sexual orientation. For me, I can’t imagine the Lord that I worship, this Jesus Christ, actually concurring with the persecution of a minority that is already being persecuted. The Jesus who I worship is a Jesus who was forever on the side of those who were being clobbered, and he got into trouble precisely because of that…’
At last, a man who has read his bible. Send a copy to the Pope. Mind you, quite what Dessie had to say to this person, we can’t imagine.
Other covers – there are 20 of them – feature Madonna with Maya Angelou (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings), Opraha with those nice Gates people from Microsoft, Barak Obama with Ali and *yawns* Bono with Condoleezza Rice.