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    'Gay Kiss' Photo Furore

    Stellenbosch University student newspaper Die Matie has created an uproar by publishing a photo on its front page of two men kissing. The photo was taken during the annual "Kiss in the Avenue", which involves students trying to set a record for the most couples kissing during a single event.

    Apparently members of the university's Gay and Lesbian Organisation usually feel too intimidated to take part in the event, but this year decided to participate and managed to recruit friends from University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape to support them. Outgoing editor of Die Matie Annelize Kloppers said the reaction to the picture was quite unexpected.

    "The most interesting thing was to watch people's reaction as they picked up the newspaper. Some of them asked me, 'What were you thinking?'"

    "Some people tore the picture out of the paper or crossed it out with a marker," Kloppers told Rapport.

    Stellenbosch students are also debating the issue on Facebook.

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    The editor says she has been innudated by calls to either congratulate or chastise her about using the picture.

    "This is the biggest reaction that I've had to any story ever," Kloppers said.

    The Lesbigay organisation, which arranged transport to the event for the two men in the photo, says it has gained 60 members due to the publicity. The photographer who took the photo, Vanessa Smeets, says that the edition has been particularly popular.

    "It's our best edition in four years," Smeets told Rapport.

    Rapport tracked down Bjorn Czepan, one of the students in the photo, to Cape Town. Czepan is a German student at the University of Cape Town who travelled to Stellenbosch specifically for the "Kiss in the Avenue" event. He says he had no idea why there was such an uproar.

    "It was a nice kiss and worth travelling to Stellenbosch for," Czepan said.

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    The gay and lesbian association of South Africa is unhappy bacause they wanted to see a picture of a gay, mixed race couple kissing. I feel like i'm going to vomit...

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    JZ wil use this as another reason to clamp down on the freedom of the press in good ol RSA.
    Smeets claim 'this is our best edition ever'. Why is that?
    You know, I beleive - 'to each his own' but is this an attempt to shock people?
    If it is ....shame.
    Get over your thing!
    You are right Metroboer, I feel like vomitting as well!
    Last edited by Chlodovech; Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 at 03:35 AM. Reason: Mind your language

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