West Coast Ugandans and humanitarians who appeal to the consul in Los Angeles for respect and equality toward LGBT Ugandans are likely to receive a small taste of that nation’s U.S. evangelical-bred cultural warfare:
Veteran gay activist Michael Petrelis discovered that Uganda‘s L.A. honorary consul is none other than Matthew Crouch, son of the infamous prosperity-preachers Paul and Jan Crouch of Trinity Broadcasting Network.
The younger Crouch is a Hollywood Christian entertainment producer.
An October 2005 news release on President Yoweri Museveni’s web site shines light on Crouch’s quid pro quo deal in which he would promote Uganda among U.S. Christians in exchange for government support of his activities.
However, some of Crouch’s shady business dealings were exposed by the Los Angeles Times in 2006.
In many ways, Crouch and his company, Gener8Xion Entertainment, are Hollywood anomalies. He hasn’t had to look further than his parents ‚Äî with their tax-free donor base and worldwide television reach ‚Äî to bankroll and market his movies. In other ways, the stereotype of a Hollywood producer fits snugly. Friends and foes describe him, by turns, as charismatic, arrogant, charming, ruthless, visionary and greedy. [...]
Associates also say that Crouch’s impulsiveness ‚Äî and perhaps a desire to escape his father’s long shadow ‚Äî has prompted him to take shortcuts that have led to risky decisions. During the production of “Omega Code,” his key personnel included a former adult-film actor and a novice screenwriter who was arrested and convicted of soliciting a child for sex.
Nevertheless, a year later, Crouch was appointed honorary consul for Uganda — a Hollywood entertainment-industry ambassadorship.
Petrelis uncovered Tweets from Crouch dated in the spring of 2009 regarding one of the evangelist’s recent trip to Uganda:
@MC8X at nashville airport flying to Dallas. Leaving for Uganda Africa on tues. Scheduled to meet with President Museveni while there! 1:49 PM May 30th from Tweetie
@MC8X wow! Couldn’t tweet from Uganda. Back from Africa a few hours ago. Was at a pastors conference with 10,000 people/leaders in Africa! 9:52 PM Jun 11th from Tweetie
Petrelis has written to Crouch asking for communication about his Ugandan political affiliations.
The Uganda-Los Angeles consul’s address:s Gener8xion Entertainment, 7095 Hollywood Blvd, Suite 1260, Los Angeles, CA 90068.