Monday, November 06, 2006

I think my barber's gay.

No, he didn't knead my scalp in an untoward way as he gave me a haircut. It just sort of dawned on me today. They call him 'God-bless'. Everybody apart from me, that is. I call him 'good evening'.

I looked at his moustache and beard today and I think it kind of gave him away. A thinner-than- Hitler type hairbrush moustache which continued in a thin line beyond his lips down his chin. A sort of thin vertical line starting from right under his nose past his lips down to the neck area.

And then, his 2nd assistant, slim, almost thin, always in a string sleeveless vest with a flaming red skull tatooed on his left bicep and a 'Jesus is Lord' cross on his right arm.

And then the 1st Assistant who wasn't there today, kind of effiminate, I remembered.

Strange thing to strike me after more than a year of using this barber shop. The assistants have been there for less time, though.

Nigeria is officially a nation of homophobes. That's the government stance and that of its policies too even though we say one thing and do other things.

Still, you can accept our being confused. Up until a few years ago, the psychology text books said homosexuality was a mental illness, then came the official American mental health change (Nigerian psychologists still havent caught up), and then came 'Will and Grace' and 'The Ellen Degeneres' Show.

The 'Gay Lords' are bolder here now though. A couple of years ago, drove up behind this nice car and saw the legend on a bumper sticker, 'We're here, we're queer, so get used to it'. I rapidly drew up beside it to get a good look at the driver and he calmly looked back at me. So there.

The TV show host, Funmi Iyanda on her 'New Dawn' interviewed Alimi who came out of the closet on National TV. The Television Authorities complained vehemently to Funmi for her 'excesses'.

The Anglican Church Chieftain in Nigeria, Rev. Akinola fought the American Church to a standstill on the issue of ordaining Gay Ministers. He was bold in adhering to the commandments of the Bible and refusing the new move. Time Magazine acknowledged that he stuck to his guns.

But maybe it's time we caught up with the rest of the world. Maybe not.

5 comments:

Araceli Aipoh said...

I love the style of writing. The other day you made a comment about my style. Didn't know you were hiding something yourself.

The opening line and the next paragraph are some of the best lines I've seen...

Wordsbody said...

Speaking of the Church and homosexuality, the case of US Evangelical Church leader, Ted Haggard, is bewildering. For the sheer hypocrisy of it. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6115476.stm

A supposedly outspoken opponent of homosexual lifestyles and gay rights, the married Haggard has been exposed as a closet gay who allegedly paid a man for sex for 3 years. And he bought the drug amil-nitrate, for use during the trysts.

Now he says he accepted full-body massage from his gay accuser but didn't have sex; also, he bought the drug but didn't use it...

A bit like Clinton saying he smoked marijuana but didn't 'inhale'...

How much pain would be avoided if people would just be themselves, and allow others to be...

laspapi said...

Araceli, thank you for the kind words. Sometimes, all the photo-blogging makes me forget to write.

Wordsbody, the Ted Haggard saga is fantastic. He lived a double life and this shows living a lie will blow up in one's face in the end.

refinedone said...

Maybe not...we have other more productive things to catch up with...

laspapi said...

maybe not, refinedone. Maybe not...