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? “

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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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