Welcome to Dubai. It’s the new Sun City*!

 
Nice place! Have I been paid yet?

That Dubai looks like a nice place to go on a holiday. Well, Kylie was there taking their money and living it up so it must be a very good place for a gay holiday, right? Not right.

Article 354 of the Federal Penal Code of the United Arab Emirates (that’s where Dubai is) states that sodomy with a male shall be punished by, sadly, death, while article 177 of the Penal Code of Dubai is much more lenient and just imposes imprisonment of up to ten years on consensual sodomy.

And they’re serious: in 2005 police arrested more than a dozen men for homosexuality (they were at a party, with fizzy drinks and nibbly bits) and the press was initially informed that anyone convicted of sodomy in Dubai should be given hormone injections to cure them – this was later downgraded to a mere suggestion: as in, ‘Why don’t you try these hormone injections then you won’t be gay anymore? And if you do take them we’ll reduce your prison sentence.’ Eleven of those arrested have so far been given five-year sentences and are apparently undergoing psychiatric testing.

Nice place for some relaxation in the sun then. And thanks again Kylie for using your celebrity to highlight the plight of gay men in a country you just made, what was it, £500 a second in. Thanks again. Oh, you didn’t! Really. Oh, well, there you go…

*Sun City was the South African holiday resort decent celebrities boycotted during apartheid.

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10 comments to “Welcome to Dubai. It’s the new Sun City*!”

  1. Ooh there’s research in there and everything. Basically, why would you want to go there anyway. It looks like Vegas with all the fun stripped out. A bit like Vegas really now that Celine Dion has packed up.

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  2. Kylie’s a cunt.

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  3. What do you expect form the primordial dwarf of pop – it’s always been ‘show me the money’ with that one.

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  4. I can’t believe any sane person would actually go to this sense-forsaken hell-hole. It’s a friggin’ Disney World for architects where common sense, decency and any viscissitude of style have been overtaken by bigger, taller, more expensive… Oh, it’s the Middle East. Who knew/

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  5. I love the way that we were all told to boycott South Africa during apartheid (and quite rightly so), but no-one blinks an eye when gays are treated inhumanely. We don’t hear anyone telling us to boycott the UAE, do we? Apart from your fair selves, of course, me-me-me.

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  6. It is cringeworthy isn’t it? Wave a bit of moolah in front of any second rate celeb and there they will be, bigging up whatever wherever regardless of the message. V. disappointed in Dame Shirl for her partakage in this ridiculous Dubai business as well.

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  7. I agree Cher Fan, although I think you may have been a bit generous calling the professional cancer survivor ‘second rate’.

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  8. I’d be off to Dubai Dubai in a whazz if someone was offering me £500 per shit.

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  9. but apparently if you’re straight and fuck on the beach, you can get off with a technicality, no pun intended. fucking hyppcritical morons:

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/11/25/dubai.sex.couple/index.html

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  10. I’m surprised any women would support it, as they are not allowed to leave the hotel without a male escort and not because it is dangerous.

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