Robert Mugabe, the 91-year-old leader of Zimbabwe, slightly deviated from his prepared speech, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, September 28.
International Business Times reports that the president took time out of his speech to address what he called the “new” human rights agenda being pushed by the West.
“[W]e reject the politicization of this important issue and the application of double standards to victimize those who dare think and act independently of the self-anointed prefects of our time.
“We equally reject attempts to prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions, and beliefs,” he said.
After a few seconds, Mugabe veered off his script and emotionally added: “We are not gays!”
According to Buzz Feed, the president’s remark got a smattering of laughs along with some polite applause. However, it did not confuse Mugabe and he continued his speech without a whiff of irony by saying:
“Cooperation and respect for each other will advance the cause of human rights worldwide. Confrontation, vilification, and double-standards will not.