The famous American couple on Monday presented him with a pair of the rapper’s sneakers.
“The couple took in a meeting with the president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has declared his love for Trump, and Museveni’s daughter Diana Museveni Kamuntu in Entebbe on Monday. West is visiting the East African country while recording his upcoming album,” HuffPost reports.
In 2014, after years of legislative threats and international condemnation, Museveni signed a version of the “Kill the Gays” bill into law.
The bill originally called for the death penalty for homosexuality, and in its final form even mandated that LGBT Ugandan citizens who left the country be extradited back to Uganda to face punishment. (Uganda’s Supreme Court later overturned the bill on procedural grounds.)
West and Kardashian “jetted to Uganda over the weekend with their five-year-old daughter North for a vacation in one of the country’s national parks,” The Daily Mail reported.
They apparently arrived Saturday.
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are in Uganda!. Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! #KanyeWestInUganda# p #8_27 # ad skipped = true ## p #9_27 # ad skipped = true #
Museveni tweeted out these photos of his meeting with the American cultural icons today:
I welcome American entertainment stars Kanye West and @KimKardashian to Uganda. I held fruitful discussions with the duo on how to promote Uganda’s tourism and the arts. I thank Kanye for the gift of white sneakers. Enjoy your time in Uganda. It is the true Pearl of Africa. pic.twitter.com/BO0iD0sFCP# p #11_27 # ad skipped = true #
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) October 15, 2018# p #12_27 # ad skipped = true #
Last week in an Oval Office meeting with President Trump, West launched into an insane rant for about ten minutes. In it, he revealed he had been diagnosed as “bipolar,” announced he loves President Trump, said his pro-Trump MAGA hat makes him feel like Superman, saying that Hillary Clinton’s “I’m With Her” message didn’t resonate with him.
He also seemed to allude to Caitlyn Jenner coming out as transgender, saying he married into a family that does not have a lot of “male energy.”
As news spreads, some on social media are outraged that West and Kardashian traveled to Uganda and normalized its president:
Museveni is one of the most anti-gay heads of state in the world. In 2014 he said homosexuals are “disgusting” and signed a bill which would punish gay sex and same-sex marriage with life in prison. @kanyewest @KimKardashian https://t.co/sZO7VO6uVQ# p #16_27 # ad skipped = true #
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) October 15, 2018# p #17_27 # ad skipped = true #
#Kanye met w/ the president of #Uganda & gave him a pair of Yeezy sneakers. I dunno what’s worse, wearing a #MAGA hat claiming you’re #Superman trying to sway black voters for the #GOP OR pushing your overpriced sneaks as a promo opp in a 3rd world African country. #GTFO #TeamDl# p #19_27 # ad skipped = true #
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) October 15, 2018# p #20_27 # ad skipped = true #
One of the most anti-LGBT countries in the world, and Kanye West gifts the ruler a pair of sneakers. https://t.co/ARbxc4LRAV# p #22_27 # ad skipped = true #
— Alastair Jamieson (@alastairjam) October 15, 2018# p #23_27 # ad skipped = true #
Museveni is an Evangelical Christian who has held office for over 30 years. He has supported and instituted a variety of extreme anti-LGBT policies and laws in Uganda. Apparently, human rights aren’t a big deal to Kanye West. @hrw, what say you? https://t.co/jylN8w1P4t# p #25_27 # ad skipped = true #
— R. Stephen Browning (@BrowningStephen) October 15, 2018# p #26_27 # ad skipped = true #