Or maybe Morton chose Uganda because those other harder-drinking nations, with the exceptions of South Korea and Nigeria, are in Europe, and filled with white people. Morton ventures a whole 40km from downtown Kampala and gets drunk in a village, where villagers slaughter a goat and share it.
And while poor Africans drinking moonshine makes for great video, who really wants to watch French people drink too much wine? There’s lots of footage of people getting drunk and acting silly, and embarrassing, uncomfortable footage of people passed out.
Morton goes back to Kampala, finds that people make alcohol there too, and also enjoy drinking it.
For Morton, this warm greeting is more evidence that Ugandans are really, really drunk, as he and his crew are there to make fun of them. XXXX, do you ever get embarrassed about working for a company whose approach to poor people in the developing world is to portray them in the worst, most shocking and exploitative light possible?
He ends by walking through a red light district of Kampala, offering his insightful analysis: “This is sort of Britain’s lasting legacy here – Instead of rum, sodomy and the lash, Uganda opted for gin, no sodomy and hookers.” It’s a good thing that Uganda exists, because otherwise Morton might have to prove his manhood (one of his Vice bios explains that “his nickname is ‘Baby Balls’ because he is a small man but absolutely fearless”) by exploiting people who are more likely to fight back against their misrepresentation. Of all the stories one could run on Uganda – a corrupt autocrat and his attacks on the free press, a systematic campaign to persecute gays and lesbians and the role of US evangelical Christians in that persecution, the nation’s role in Central Africa instability – it’s really a priority to let us know that desperately poor people drink too much?
The songs "Do the I Love You" and "Hyper Love" were later re-recorded for the band's compilation album Koroshi no Shirabe: This Is Not Greatest Hits (1992).
"My Eyes & Your Eyes" was also re-recorded for the b-side to their "Rendezvous" single in 2007.
The first seconds of the “documentary” aren’t promising.
The narrator, Thomas Morton, begins by declaring: “Uganda’s had a pretty good spell the last 25 years.Shortly after I posted a review of Mads Brügger’s “The Ambassador”, a film that raised some interesting questions about what constitutes ethical and responsible journalism about Africa, I got a reminder about just how low alleged journalists can go in reporting about places they don’t know.I got a PR pitch from the folks at VICE: Ethan, Wanted to hit over a link to War Gin, VICE’s latest investigative news/travel piece on Ugandan alcoholism that I think you will enjoy for your readership.But instead of showing contempt for his hosts and their culture, he tries to understand it and celebrate it. was remastered and re-released again on September 5, 2007.I suspect people like Morton justify their work by telling themselves that sensationalistic coverage is the only way to get people to pay attention to African stories. Watch Anthony Bourdain cover some of the same territory in his hour-long celebration of food and culture in Ghana. That they are this racist, exploitative and disgusting is a problem.