Xtra.com Interviews Beenieman

Famed dancehall star Beenieman who also has murder music songs in his repertoire was in Canada recently for an awards event for Mary J. Blige, the exact name is OneXOne’s Charity gala at Kool Haus on Sep 12, 2009. The interviewer Kyle Mooney writes of his exchange with the artist on the red carpet.

He asked him about the gay issues in Jamaica but his answers to me seem “soft” seeing that he is in another territory where rights are balanced and vigilance is much more pronounced than here in Jamaica.
The interviewer nervously began the exchange I guess fearing a rebuff on the ‘gay issue’ but soon settled as he answered the questions.
“The problem is all that homophobic stuff was like 15 years ago,” he begins. “People grow up. You grow up in Jamaica, you know Mamma and Poppa, Grandma and Grandpa. Your brother has his girlfriend, your sister has her boyfriend and that’s what you know. Everything else is new to you.”

“One time I never knew what gay was,” he says. “I used to think that ‘gay’ meant ‘happy’. Until you come to America and Canada and see a man with a man, you don’t realize that affection is there.”
It’s a solid excuse for ignorance I guess, but it does little to explain the ferocious hatred that bleeds from tracks like Han Up Deh in which he calls for lesbians to be hanged: “Hang chi chi gal wid a long piece a rope.” Then there’s “Mi Nah Wallah” in which he expresses a desire to slice open the throats of gay men.
Why be so violently opposed to something you know so little about? “Just like all Jamaican artists DJ about violence, that is what we see every day,” he says. “What you learn is what you see.”
Read the entire article here please on Xtra named Bumping into Beenie Man
IN PERSON / Xtra chats with famed dancehall musician
What unu think?
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Elephant Man warned about homophobic Lyrics in upcoming Canadian Concert

Saira Peesker, cp24.com
The promoter of an upcoming Toronto concert featuring controversial dancehall artist Elephant Man has asked the singer to refrain from using homophobic lyrics at the event.

Eric Morgan, owner of Action Promotions, says he asked the Jamaican superstar — and the other performers booked for the Oct. 10 concert — to replace any offensive lyrics in their songs.

“I told them, ‘Certain kinds of language, just leave it from the show,’” he told CP24.com on Monday. “I told them, ‘Look, this is a concert, all kinds of people are going to be there.’”

Morgan hopes his move will be enough to appease those who disapprove of Elephant Man, whose real name is O’Neal Bryan. The popular musician has recorded several songs that call for violence against homosexuals, both male and female.

In 2001’s “Log On,” the singer describes squashing homosexuals like cockroaches and using homemade flame-throwers to attack them.

In the blatantly-titled “We Nuh Like Gay,” released in 1999, he describes taking gay people by surprise and shooting them in the head.

Morgan’s request to keep such lyrics out of the show has also been formalized in the promoter’s contract with event venue Downsview Park, which is run by a crown corporation.

The document states the event “should not promote the hatred and derision of any group…. Any action which could incite violence is prohibited… Any action on Downsview Park grounds should be consistent with the dignity and respect of all persons.”

When contacted, park vice-president Bob Singleton said it was the first he had heard of the controversy surrounding the singer, and that he had not yet seen the show’s final lineup.

“No one had called us to complain,” he told CP24.com, adding “We wouldn’t like to discriminate whether it’s policy or not. We like to say we’re a park for all people.”

During a second call with CP24.com, Singleton appeared content with Morgan’s assertion that homophobic lyrics would not be part of the event.

Caribana concert uproar

When Elephant Man was listed on a flyer for a Caribana-affiliated event in August, members of the public bombarded Circa Nightclub with phone calls demanding he be dropped from the show.

Circa quickly announced he had been removed from the lineup, while his management — and Morgan — claim he was never booked to play at the event in the first place.

Queer advocacy groups have made various attempts over the years to have Elephant Man barred from the country on the grounds of hate speech. But Matt Mills, editorial director of gay scene magazine Fab, says censorship isn’t the answer.

“As gays and lesbians, freedom of expression is really important,” he told CP24.com on Tuesday.

“For us to call on government for a ban of anybody who’s making homophobic statements is problematic… It’s important that everyone knows that homophobia exists and suppressing it completely doesn’t help.”

He urged the city’s queer community and its supporters to be vocal with their opinions and to make their voices heard with their dollars.

“Gay and lesbian people ought to know that this act is on tour and coming to town. They ought to kick up a stink and be enraged.”

Morgan still expects a big crowd and rates Elephant Man as one of the most popular artists in Jamaica.

He says the dancehall performer is one of many who are learning to tone down their lyrics when playing abroad – but says their music is not considered controversial in their home country.

“All their songs now, they (are inoffensive enough to be played) on the radio,” said Morgan. “But if you are checking out 95 per cent of the artists, they still do it in Jamaica.”

Champions in Action will be held at Downsview Park on Oct. 10.

Buju Banton’s Detroit dates cancelled, replaced by Photography exhibit of GLTBQ Jamaicans

A Buju Banton show which was booked way in August of this year and was slated to happen this Wednesday September 30 was cancelled as the owner of the venue known as Majestic theatre was pressured by metro Detroit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations to abort the gigs.

Buju was slated to perform in the Ann Arbor Bay area but came under intense pressure due to the Boom Bye Bye song controversy.

To help defray the Majestic’s costs, local activists The Triangle Foundation and others plan to stage a Wednesday benefit concert at the adjacent Magic Stick. Tickets are $10 for the 8 p.m. show, which will feature local LGBT performers as they say the owner has suported the community over the years so they wanted a positve outcome out of the cancellation. Majestic’s director Dave Zainea said the venue stands to lose about $10,000 for canceling its Banton contract.

Zainea, a self-described progressive who has worked with the LGBT community, said he was unaware of the controversy when he booked the show in August.”We certainly don’t endorse his lyrics or advocate violence,” he said.

Also said to happen as a replacement is the first limited showing of a photo project called Photography for Understanding which I helped to organise here in Jamaica in May of this year where Photographer Miss Blakely Slater captured images as seen above and below of REAL GLBTQ Jamaicans in poses with a message of their choosing to reflect how they felt. Please visit the site for more by following the links or clicking the photo above.

sample photos from the US.

Project Mission/goals:
Photography for Understanding is a project which uses documentation, creativity and power of photography to highlight issues – in the United States and around the world — which demand attention and action.
Photography for Understanding → The Jamaica Project.
The current Photography for Understanding Project is the Jamaica Project. It focuses on the issue of violence against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexuals and Transgendered population in Jamaica. The project seeks to raise funds as well for GLBTQ Jamaicans and JFLAG.
50% of the profit from this project will be donated back to Jamaica. The rest will go back into the Photography for Understanding to fund additional projects. Only boycott Jamaican products/people/services/music that specifically are hate orientated.

Howie

How to be a Great Lesbian Lover

By Felice Newman, Somantic Coach & Sex Educator

How do you cultivate a quality of touch that makes your partner feel like you’re really seeing them? No one wants to be thought of as merely going through the motions. Nor does anyone want to be seen as a “slam-bam-thank-you-ma’am” hit-and-run driver. Whether you are touching your partner with your hands, your mouth, or a sex toy, what are the qualities that will have your partner feel that they have been touched by your spirit as well?The first quality is presence. Presence is the physical embodiment of your you-ness.

It’s that quality that lets someone feel your aliveness in a room before they can see or hear you. Your presence can be felt by others as open, curious, listening, playful, sparkling, seductive, outpouring with love, or full-bodied with deep resonances. It can also be felt as laser-like in single-minded focus, scattered, shut down, collapsed, angry, untouchable, defensive or intractable. To some degree, you can shape your presence by your intention. You can pause before a first kiss, touch, or entry: Who do you want to be in this moment? What quality of your you-ness do you want your partner to be met with?

Next is the quality of extension. Extension is sending our presence outward. We are great energy transmitters, continuously beaming our selves into the world. Some of us have a quiet presence that’s felt as a gentle stirring in the air. Others of us are said to have a “big” presence that’s felt as a great gust of wind enlivening the atmosphere.Extension is how you transmit your intentions. You can extend your presence so that your partner “feels” your touch powerfully—regardless of how gently you may press, squeeze, caress, or thrust. Imagine your sexual energy as a force moving through you, one you can direct. Imagine your finger or your penis as a hose through which energy flows. Now imagine directing that energy, and specifically, directly the quality of that energy. Do you want to produce a gentle healing presence? Do you want your energy to hit hard? Are you wanting to create new sensations or intensify sensations that are already there? You can extend vigorously without overreaching or overwhelming your partner. You can cultivate extension by consciously observing how others respond to your presence.Next comes receptivity. Remember when popular sex guides referred to the “active partner” and the “passive partner”?
That tired notion was laid to rest by the Good Vibrations Guide to Sex more than a dozen years ago. Receptivity is anything but passive. Receptivity is an energetic quality—it isn’t necessarily about who’s doing what to whom.In fact, you even can be receptive while you are touching your partner. How? Well, you can open to your partner, listening for her responses, which will speak to you through pulsations, changes in temperature, muscular contractions, and release of bodily fluids.In receptivity, you practice being with yourself while being with another, which is the basis of intimacy.
When you are receiving touch, you can meet your partner’s presence with your own. Imagine locating your “self” just under your partner’s touch, in the soft folds of your labia and clitoris, in the cool expanse of skin on your buttocks. Energetically, you can reach out toward that touch, just as you physically reach out by moving toward the source of pleasure. There is an element of extension in receptivity. You can cultivate receptivity by being open and inviting of the pleasures of the senses.

As appearing on http://lesbiansanddating.blogspot.com/ visit for more interesting Lesbian articles

My sistas – 7 Reasons Why You Might Lie to Your Partner (REPOST)

By Richard Nicastro, psychologist and relationship coach

Most people lie to their partners or spouses at least occasionally. Since lying (especially when it becomes habitual) can have such a detrimental impact on your relationship, it’s important to understand the reasons why you might lie and how to overcome the need to lie.

7 reasons why lying can creep into your relationship:
1). Self-esteem lies.
Some people lie to bolster feelings of self-importance. In this case you might lie to your partner about your achievements and accomplishments. Your goal is to look good in the eyes of your partner (and others). At its extreme, deep-seated feelings of inadequacy can lead you to become a chronic liar.
2).Avoidance lies.
The motivation for this type of lie is to avoid your partner’s reaction– such as disappointment or anger. You may feel that it’s easier to lie rather than experience/endure your partner’s emotional reaction. You may be someone who has considerable difficulty tolerating any perceived negative reaction. At its worst, your deceit is self-serving and hides relationship-damaging behaviors (e.g., an affair).
3).Self-denial lies.
People lie to themselves all the time. It’s a form of denial–refusing to accept a reality that is too painful. All you have to do is watch American Idol to realize that this kind of self-deception is alive and well. People with absolutely no vocal ability refuse to accept the judges’ critical (and often harsh) feedback. Instead, they proclaim that they are excellent singers and will someday be wildly famous. Self-denial lies stand in the way of the openness needed for intimacy to grow in your relationship.
4).Hide-and-Seek lies.
The impetus here is to hide parts of yourself from the world. Painful life experiences have caused you to feel unworthy of love to such a degree that you feel it is necessary to lie about yourself or your experiences. When you feel exposed, feelings of shame overcome you and act as a powerful motivator to hide from others (including your partner).
5).Saving-Face lies.
While closely related to avoidance lies, saving-face lies are created to help you cover up your original lie. When it starts to become apparent to your spouse or partner that you’ve lied, you concoct a web of more lies to avoid the embarrassment and repercussions of having lied in the first place. This is one reason lies can quickly multiply.
6).The Compassionate lie.
Sometimes the motivation to lie is altruistic–you don’t want your partner to get hurt. In this instance, you’re not protecting your partner from something that you’ve done that might be hurtful to him/her. Rather, you’re trying to shield your partner from something you discovered (e.g., you overheard a neighbor say he doesn’t like your wife) or an opinion that you believe would be upsetting (your wife asks if you like her new haircut and despite her uncanny resemblance to one of the Three Stooges, you respond with a definitive, “I love it!”).
7).The Spiteful lie.
In this case lies are used as weapons to hurt someone. Schoolchildren often do this, fabricating rumors that are designed to put down others. In social settings such as school this is sometimes done to ostracize someone from a peer group while solidifying the liar’s position in the group.
When this occurs in a marriage or relationship, it’s usually when anger is at an all-time high or the relationship is being dissolved. It’s less common for this type of lie to occur while the couple is committed to a future together, although some couples do report “fighting dirty” and saying hurtful, untrue things while they argue.
If you’ve lied to your partner recently, feel the urge to lie, or if lying has been a problem for you in general, begin to question your motivation for spinning these tales. Check your reasons with the list above to gain further clarity. It’s obviously best that your relationship be built on a foundation of honesty.
Honesty is the backbone of trust–once trust is compromised, your relationship can begin to spiral out of control. But the reality is that many partners do end up lying to one another, and while your motivation to lie might be benign, lies seem to have a viral-like capacity to spread. Have you ever noticed that once you’ve gotten away with a lie or two, it seems to get easier to lie in the future?
Be aware of that fact and of the reasons you may lie, and you take the first important steps toward a healthier, more honest relationship.

A religious perspective on the Caster Semenya issue

Interesting analogies to the Semenya saga as appearing in today’s Gleaner, read and tell me what you think, lgbtevent@gmail.com

Caster Semenya: Why, God, why?
Sean Major-Campbell

The reality of God’s child, Caster Semenya, presents us with many questions. Why should God allow an unpopular, uncommon human being to be born in a world that discriminates against those who are ‘different’?

It seems so unfair. It may even seem unjust. Oppressive even! Why, God?

Why, when she will be condemned, scorned, even despised by some of the most religious followers of God?

Peta-Ann Baker was excellent in her piece ‘What if Semenya were Jamaican?’ (The Sunday Gleaner, September 6). This should be required reading or required hearing for all who would seek to understand more about the subject of human sexuality.

Since she is a celebrity, God’s Semenya brings into focus the issue of being ‘sexually different’. In Semenya’s experience, the state of being a synchronous hermaphrodite (presence of both male and female gonads) is not even the case. In the absence of a gender-specific identity, could Semenya be ever described as heterosexual or homosexual? What implications might all this have for our transgendered sisters and brothers?

divine leaning

There is one school of thought which interprets the Yahwist creation account as a divine leaning towards creating a hermaphrodite. It is not being suggested here that that was God’s intention. Just noting that the androgynous – the human – Adam was simply created. Later, God seems to have decided to include another sex in the person of Eve.

Then there is the whole matter of Jesus’ affirmation of eunuchs. Who were eunuchs in the ancient world? This should make interesting exploration. Jesus, in Matthew 19:11-12, gives a word which is not often recalled in our cultural context.

When his disciples suggest that it may be better not to marry (in light of the discourse on divorce), Jesus responds by acknowledging three groups of persons. He, however, prefaces his thesis by acknowledging that “Not everyone can accept this word …”

The three groups of persons are:

Eunuchs by birth

Eunuchs made by people (castrated)

Eunuchs by choice (renouncing marriage)

Imagine Jesus saying this to a group of Jamaican macho men! From the perspective of psychological biblical criticism, it is understandable why we would have a preference for quoting, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother ….” But how often do we hear reference to Matthew 19:11-12?

Maybe this topical issue is a reminder of how God is not gender specific in terms of divine identity. Our response to God’s Semenya may determine whether we lock ourselves into gender stereotypical dogma.

The gendering of God has for centuries assured negative patriarchal values, condemned women to being the lesser or weaker sex, and ensured the preservation of various unethical constructs.

God’s Semenya reminds us that life is not always about black or white, right or wrong, high or low! The answers to life’s questions are just not always as simple as pulling a Bible verse. Reality is not polarised for ease of comprehension.

Does it offend to hear that God is not gendered? Why would God need sexuality? Yes, it is true that pagan gods were male, female, or both, since this affirmed their reproductive ‘capacity’.

The Omnipresent, Omniscient, Omnipotent, Ultimate does not need the limitation of gender identity. This is only required where continuation of the species depend on sexual activity.

Should there be a debate?

Is Semenya a human being? Should there be a debate with regard to Semenya’s entitlement to human rights consideration? What if ‘other Semenyas’ wanted to be married to each other? What if Semenya was your child?

How do Christians – those with all the answers – respond to these questions? Is this an unfortunate situation? If ‘yes’, is God unfair? If ‘no’, would you marry someone like God’s Semenya?

It is my hope that we will find compassion for Semenya. Let us use this reality to move beyond dinner table and bar counter jokes, to a more reasoned dialogue with ourselves. Let us engage that strange and often challenging place between faith and other life experiences.

Fr Sean Major-Campbell is former rector of the Anglican Church in the Cayman Islands. The views expressed do not necessarily represent those of the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. He may be contacted at seanmajorcampbell@yahoo.com

Comment: On Buju, Beenieman and SMM Campaigns

An anonymous reader left a new comment on the post “Buju Banton & Beenieman show in Miami faces opposition (see below for original post), thanks very much for the information. H

“During at least some of his concerts, Buju Banton is said to make homophobic comments throughout his performance http://www.stabroeknews.com/2009/letters/09/24/inconsistent-decisions-in-the-case-of-mavado/

You can hear Buju say “There is no end to the war between me and faggots” on this YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46PASiOjdP4 “BUJU BANTON FIRE BURN BATTY.”

Buju Banton makes no apologies for his calls for the deaths of LGBT people http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ8Z0biU_Zw “Elephant Man Buju Banton Shabba Ranks boom bye bye”

In his songs and comments Buju Banton says “gays must die.” He sometimes justifies this using references to religion and the Bible, as Steven L. Anderson of the Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona does on YouTube. (Anderson also wants President Obama dead and you can see that also on YouTube).

What Buju Banton is calling for is a bloodbath against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In his home country of Jamaica, things are very, very difficult for LGBT people and there is much violence http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2009/09/15/comment-consuls-death-thrusts-jamaican-homophobia-into-the-spotlight/

Beenie Man, is also scheduled to perform at Reggae Bash 2009. Beenie Man calls for lesbians to be hanged to death in his song “Han Up Deh.” In the song “Damn,” Beenie Man dreams of a Jamaica where all gays are executed.

Like Buju Banton, Beenie Man signed the Reggae Compassionate Act and then denied it. Copies of their signed RCA forms are on the internet for all to see http://www.petertatchell.net/popmusic/popmusicindex.htm

It is appropriate for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to protest this concert, where several performers have called openly and publicly for the deaths of all LGBT people. But shouldn’t anyone who supports the most basic human rights for all be out protesting this concert? Shouldn’t they be calling the sponsors and expressing their outrage? “

Buju Banton & Beenieman show in Miami faces opposition

According to an article in the Miami Herald’s blog by noted writer STEVE ROTHAUS the planned show for October 31, 2009 with Buju Bnton and Beenieman who also has a song that incites violence against gays – “All Battyman fi dead” is facing serious oppostion by Floridians.

“”The message is that gay people’s lives are cheap, and that harming gay people is OK,” said Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, a statewide gay-rights group calling for the concert to be canceled. “Any time a message of violence and hatred against any group is put out there, it has to be challenged.”
Banton, with homes in Tamarac and Jamaica, could not be reached for comment. His South Florida promoter, Andrew Minott of Global Vybz Entertainment, says Banton, 36, stopped singing Boom Bye Bye years ago.
“He did that song they’re referring to when he was 15 years old,” Minott said. “The song was forgotten about. Because they are making it a big issue, it’s come to the forefront. Let sleeping dogs lie.”
A YouTube video, however, shows Banton singing Boom Bye Bye during a May 2006 concert at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0Eg4Dd9NY4&feature=player_embedded

Minott said non-Jamaicans often misunderstand the lyrics of reggae performers like Banton and Beenie Man.
“It’s a dance hall phrase, `Let’s murder him. Murder the boy over there,’ ” Minott said. “It’s not literal. It’s figurative.”
Minott has paid a $3,000 deposit to rent the city-owned James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami for the Oct. 31 concert. Scheduled to share the bill with Banton: Beenie Man, whose song titles include [Batty Man Fi Dead] Queers must be killed. Amid similar protests in 2004, MTV bounced Beenie Man from a concert during the Video Music Awards in Miami.
Last month, concert promoters Live Nation and AEG canceled a Banton tour with stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston after the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center launched a Facebook campaign against the singer.
“Thousands of people have responded with e-mails and calls. It has shot around the Internet,” said Smith, adding that shows have also been called off in Tampa, Orlando and Tallahassee.
C.J. Ortuño, executive director of SAVE Dade, the county’s largest gay-rights group, said he wants the Miami performance to be canceled, too.
“We’re working with a couple of groups to find out why a city-owned property is allowing a musician that actually promotes, and creates, hate music,” he said.
A Miami assistant city attorney said the city must allow Banton to perform because of his First Amendment right, just as Cuban dance band Los Van Van were permitted to play the old Miami Arena in 1999. Thousands protested outside the arena that night.

Banton allegedly signed the Reggae Compassionate Act in The UK which bound him to not performing the infamous song anywahere in the world, he has since broken the agreement.

Banton was charged with helping beat six gay men in Jamaica in 2004. A judge dismissed the case for lack of evidence. In 2007, Banton signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, in which he pledged to stop singing songs preaching hate against gays.
He later denied signing the statement — which bears the signature of Mark Myrie, his legal name.
Earlier this week, Toyota of Hollywood told three of its car salesmen to withdraw their support of the concert. The men hoped to meet prospective customers at the show, said Clifton Budhan, one of the three.
“Instead of getting calls from people who need to buy cars, I got calls from people saying we need to pull out of it,” Budhan said.
By withdrawing their sponsorship, Budhan and the other salesmen lost “a substantial amount of money,” he said.
“I’m just trying to put my name out there,” Budhan said. “I thought it was going to be OK to advertise. But I got calls from people that we are sponsoring people being killed in the United States and England.”
Minott said gay activists threatened to picket Toyota of Hollywood if the salesmen didn’t withdraw their support.
“Everyone is so scared of the financial retribution,” Minott said. “Leave all judgment up to God. Read the Bible. I’m a Christian. If a man lay with a man, you can fill in the blank.”
He says the gay activists are “being very unfair” to the singer.
“What happened to our First Amendment rights, freedom of speech?” Minott said.

Homophobic Violence Ernie Smith & Venom

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Jamaica may be one of the most violently homophobic societies in the world. This piece explores the dark side of Jamaica’s culture of anti-gay violence and attitudes and explores the ideological beliefs that perpetuate it.

This video is part of a global conversation about HIV/AIDS, stigma, secrecy and homophobia. Join the conversation and tell us your story at:
www.pulitzergateway.org/the-glass-closet

CREDITS:
Produced and Directed by Micah Fink
Correspondent: Lisa Biagiotti
Director of Photography: Gabrielle Weiss
Editor Gabrielle Weiss
Produced in association with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Worldfocus
With support from the M-A-C AIDS Fund

Nuttin funny bout dis – Gay joke lead to wounding

Gay joke lead to wounding

A man charged with wounding, told the court on Wednesday he did it because the man was spreading rumours that he was a homosexual.
The accused, who was charged with unlawful wounding, explained in great detail that he “perceived danger” from the complainant and attacked him in self defense. He said the defamation of his name being carried out by the complainant was dangerous as being labelled a homosexual in Jamaica was like receiving a death sentence.

slapped with machete
He told the court he was in the Kingston Mall in the downtown area, when the complainant started making jokes and saying he was a homosexual. He said he saw when the complainant picked up a stone and in return, he took a machete from a nearby vendor and “slapped” him with it.
The complainant, however, told the court: “We had a little dispute. I was there with my friends running a little joke.”
He was stopped in his explanation by Resident Magistrate Judith Pusey, however ,who asked him what kind of joke. He brushed the question aside and continued, ” just a joke”.

When asked again, he said laughing, “We were just running out ‘whadeva’ joke.” Still perplexed, the RM asked him to explain. He said, “Me and my gay friends were down by the mall running our joke.”
He said the accused attacked him with a machete and slapped him across the back. The accused, despite trying to convince the court that he was defending himself, was sentenced to pay $5,000 or serve six months.