Met Police hypocrisy on homophobia – SMM London

Collusion with murder music
Bounty Killer refuses to sign RCA agreement
But police allow London concert to go ahead

London – 17 November 2008
“The Metropolitan Police are hypocrites. They allow homophobic singers
to perform in London, but not racist ones. Racist artists are banned
on the grounds that they are a threat to public order and good
community relations. It’s double standards,” said Peter Tatchell of
the gay human rights group OutRage!, coordinator of the worldwide Stop
Murder Music campaign.

“Homophobic artists are allowed to perform, even when they are on
record as inciting the murder of lesbian and gay people. Although
inciting murder is a serious criminal offence, the police give their
approval for these singers to hold concerts in London,” added Mr
Tatchell.

“The Met Police are supporting the right of Jamaican ‘murder music’
singer, Bounty Killer, to perform in London this coming weekend –
despite his encouragement and glorification of the killing of lesbian
and gay people.

See samples of his murderous lyrics below.

“Officers have approved his concert at the Stratford Rex venue in East
London on Sunday 23 November – even though Bounty Killer has refused
to sign the Reggae Compassionate Act, whereby singers promise to not
incite homophobic hatred and violence.

“The Met Police have previously said that no murder music singer will
be allowed to perform unless they sign the RCA.

“Officers have broken their promise. They are taking the side of a
singer who has promoted and celebrated the murder of gay people, and
who is defying the RCA.

“In their defence, the police stress that Bounty Killer will not be
permitted to perform songs that incite homophobic violence. Big deal.

“A white racist singer who advocated killing black people would not be
allowed to perform anywhere in London, even if he agreed to not incite
the killing of black people at his concert. The police would argue
that any stage performance by a white racist singer would risk public
disorder and damage community cohesion. They would ban him, full stop.

“Yet when it comes to straight homophobic singers who urge the murder
of gay people, the police adopt a softer stance. They let the concert
go ahead. It’s bare-faced hypocrisy.

“Equivalent racist performers would have their concerts cancelled by
the Metropolitan Police. In contrast, the police are dismissing the
concerns of the LGBT community. It is a complete disgrace.

Examples of Bounty Killer’s homophobic murder music are listed below and here:
http://www.petertatchell.net/popmusic/Dancehall-Dossier-FINAL.pdf

“In March this year, police in Bradford and Birmingham stopped Bounty
Killer’s concerts from going ahead, saying that they would have
undermined good community relations. That same month the Met Police
authorised his London concert to proceed. If other police forces can
take a stand against homophobia, why can’t the Metropolitan Police?

“Why don’t the government and police stop Bounty Killer from entering
the UK? He has committed the criminal offence of incitement to murder.
If a white singer advocated the killing of black people he would not
be allowed into the country. The Police Commissioner would demand his
exclusion. The Home Secretary would deny him a visa. Why the double
standards?

“The police apparently take the view that racism is worse than
homophobia and that different standards should apply. This is
completely outrageous.

“Why does the gay community let the Met Police walk all over us? The
black community would riot if the Met was colluding with racist
performers. But most gay people seem to hold up the white flag of
surrender. They think we don’t deserve the same protection as black
people.

“Our community is riddled with internalised homophobia, including many
gay rights organisations who apparently agree with the police that
inciting racist violence is worse than inciting homophobic violence.

“There must be zero tolerance of singers like Bounty Killer who
advocate the murder of other human beings.

“I am fed up with the phoney diversity and equality claims from the
Met Police. When the chips are down, their commitment to oppose
homophobia means little or nothing.

“Police claims that they are cracking down on homophobic hate crimes
now look like a public relations stunt at the expense of the lesbian
and gay community.

“The campaign to cancel Bounty Killer’s concert is supported by the
Jamaican gay rights movement, J-Flag, and the Caribbean-wide C-Flag
coalition of black gay and straight human rights organisations. They
are demanding an end to murder music in the Caribbean and worldwide.

“We have no problem with reggae or dancehall music – only with singers
who abuse the genre to incite violence against lesbian and gay people.

“There are many great reggae and dancehall stars who do not stoop to
murder music. We salute them.

“There is no need for singers to spout violent anti-gay hatred. They
choose to do so. It is wilful and malicious homophobia and therefore
they must expect to suffer a backlash.

“Our campaign is in solidarity with black lesbian and gay people in
Jamaica and the Caribbean who suffer nightmarish levels of homophobic
violence. We are acting at their request and in support of their right
to live their lives free of the threat of violence,” said Mr Tatchell.

Further information:
Peter Tatchell – OutRage! – 0207 403 1790

Bounty Killer songs that incite homophobic violence
Another Level
Bun a fire pon a puff and mister fagoty (Uh huh)
Translation: Burn a fire on poofs and faggots (Uh huh)
Poop man fi drown an dat a yawd man philosophy (Uh huh)
Translation: Shit men [queer men] must be drowned and that’s a yardy
man [Jamaican] philosophy

Man A Badman
You know we need no promo to rub out dem homo
Translation: You know we don’t need prompting to rub out [kill] a homo

Look Good
Mi ready fi go wipe out this fag wid pure laser beam
Translation: I’m ready to go wipe out this faggot with a pure laser beam

Examples of “kill gays” murder music by Bounty Killer and seven other
Jamaican reggae/dancehall singers can be found here:
http://www.petertatchell.net/popmusic/Dancehall-Dossier-FINAL.pdf

(thanks Peter)
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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

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