A woman who describes herself as an ‘academic’ has claimed gay men have a worm in their bum which feeds on semen and gives them ‘urges’.
Mariam Al-Sohel is from Kuwait, where homosexuality is criminalised and can hold lengthy prison sentences.
She appeared on Scope TV, a broadcaster based in Kuwait City, where she expressed beliefs that she has found a ‘cure’ for homosexuality.
Watch it here – but be warned you might have to avoid punching your screen in frustration at her ridiculous comments:
After mentioning the ‘anal worm’, she actually said ‘by the way, this is all science, so you have nothing to be ashamed of’. Another woman agreed, saying ‘it’s all in the books’. WHAT BOOKS?
The purported anti-gay researcher reportedly claimed there are four genders – ‘male, female, feminine gay men and butch lesbians’, and said that she’d found therapeutic suppositories which ‘curb the sexual urges’, which develop ‘when a person is sexually attacked’.
She went on to say this urge then persists because of an ‘anal worm that feeds on semen’. To prevent this apparent ‘urge’, then, Mariam has supposedly produced suppositories which are designed to exterminate the worm.
She presented different, colour-coded suppositories for men and women, though admitted they were made up of the exact same ingredients, and said the treatment also involved eating a balanced diet of bitter, sour, salty and sweet foods in order to ‘cleanse the body of poisons’.
The footage of Mariam’s interview was shared on Twitter by US station MEMRI Reports, which covers stories from the Middle East. It has since been shared hundreds of times, with many baffled and shocked people commenting on the ridiculous claims.
One person wrote:
You just couldn’t write it.
While another commented:
I was just thinking they must make this stuff up as it’s just too ridiculous.
A third frustrated Twitter user replied:
What a fucking moron. it’s amazing the lengths some bigoted homophobes will go too. Anyone with half a brain will understand she’s talking out her ass! To think she calls herself an academic is laughable
I was just thinking they must make this stuff up as it's just too ridiculous 😑
— Alan Flynn 🇺🇳 (@Ballykeith) April 23, 2019
What a fucking moron 🤣🤣 it's amazing the lengths some bigoted homophobes will go too. Anyone with half a brain will understand she's talking out her ass! To think she calls herself an academic is laughable pic.twitter.com/AJ20ieK41f
— The Skincare Saviour 🏳️🌈 (@skincaresaviour) April 24, 2019
Let’s hope nobody actually takes Mariam’s claims seriously – she’s definitely not an ‘academic’ I’d ever like to be educated by.
Her claims are not only entirely untrue, but they’re also offensive, misleading and just outright ridiculous.
If you’ve been affected by any of these issues, and want to speak to someone in confidence contact the LGBT Foundation on 0345 3 30 30 30, 9am until 9pm Monday to Friday, and 10am until 6pm Saturday, or email [email protected]
If you have a story you want to tell, send it to [email protected]
Emily Brown first began delivering important news stories aged just 13, when she launched her career with a paper round. She graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University, and went on to become a freelance writer and blogger. Emily contributed to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news as well as longer form features.