Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Monday, August 31, 2009

Buju Banton Shows Cancelled

It's no secret that many Reggae and dance-hall artists are extremely homophobic. They're lyrics mock and insult the LGBT community. Some songs actually call for the beating and killing of gays and lesbians. Buju Banton is one of those artists. One line from his Battyman song [Battyman is the Jamaicaan slang for faggot] calls for people to "burn him up bad like an old tire wheel." Because of artists like Banton, many gay rights groups are protesting concerts by reggae and dancehall artists that are anti-gay. And many of these protest efforts are being effective.

Live Nation is a promotion group that had scheduled a series of concerts for Buju Banton. He was set to perform in Chicago, Las Angelos, Dallas and Houston and there were plans for future shows. However, gay rights advocates starting harassing the Beverly Hills based Live Nation about the violent anti-gay lyrics of Banton. I'm pleased to the say the group listened because they have cancelled all of these shows and are offering refunds to everyone that has purchased tickets. Way to go!!!

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