In an Instagram post, Nigerian TV host; Denrele Edun, shares his horrific experience with a clubber in Lagos. He posted a picture of himself with friends out for a fun night at Hard Rock Cafe and narrated his experience with a violent homophobe who tried to beat him up for hugging his girlfriend.
Read his experience below;
“I DON’T SHAKE HOMOSEXUALS LIKE YOU”…. And with that answer, he flicked his wrist and shoved me off! Right after this picture was taken at the Glam Africa cocktail party in V/I, my friends and I decided to Club-trot for a crazy nite out. So we hit 3 clubs before deciding to round up our club trotting at Hard Rock Cafe. We got there, got the best seats in the zone and wham bam, I was already on the speakers dancing the nite away!
An industry (married) friend of mine who wasn’t too comfty with my crazy clique asked to leave. My usual courteous self decided to walk her to her Uber. Mistake of the century! We got outside and she sighted a familiar face. This familiar face was with five of his friends. My usual courteous self joined her, shook hands all around, cracked a couple of jokes with the guys and walked her to her car.
Heading back into the club, my usual courteous self walked up to the guys to greet them again. I noticed a new face this time and he had a girl on his lap. I hailed him first and stretched out my hand for a handshake and he retorted loudly, “I DON’T SHAKE HOMOSEXUALS LIKE YOU.” As the renowned spin doctor that I am, I laughed it off and said, “No wahala. Madam will do the greeting for all of us”.
And the girl on his lap got up, hugged me and I immediately turned to leave.
What happened next was like a scene outta an LGBTQ documentary. This guy raced up to me & held my stare at the entrance to the club screamin out expletives;
“FUCKING FAGGOT! STUPID GAY ASS BASTARD. HOW DARE YOU HUG MY GIRL WITH YOUR GAY ASS HIV BODY. I’LL FUCK YOU UP IN THIS TOWN, I’LL FUCK YOU UP. THEM IDIOTS FUCKING YOUR BEHIND CANT DO SHIT TO ME..” His girl tried to hold him back but he pushed her off with;
“LET ME TEACH THIS FAGGOT A LESSON”.
I stood calmly watching him, with my champagne flute in my hand whilst he was screaming in my face.
And everyone stood watching without saying a word.
His friends finally dragged him to the parking lot but he was still cursing!
Someone ran in & called all my friends.
Long story cut short, I got a cal that morning from high ranking officials with info about this guy plus his house addy in Texas.
How would u have handled this?
Denrele’s ordeal gives great insight to the situations faced by many Africans perceived to be gay, they are regularly met with violence and discrimination. One can only shiver at the thought of what could have happened if his friends didn’t hold him back from taking his homophobic slurs to a physical level. The situation also brings to mind many LGBT persons who are faced with violence and discrimination like this with no laws to protect them. Hopefully our society will see better days when it comes to the treatment of both perceived and actual LGBT persons.
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