Many years ago Jamaican superstar Buju Banton released a song about killing gay people. Whatever was in his heart at the time, it did not go over well.
When Shabba rushed to Buju’s side, he was also in danger of going down with the ship. Even Mark Wahlberg was coerced by his record label to sign an agreement not to bash gays when he defended Shabba’s right to free speech with the following words: “Shabba Ranks! Speaks his mind, speaks his opinion! And if you all can’t deal with it, step the f**k off!”
The 90s was a weird time.
The bad vibes have dogged Buju ever since. Even now there is a Facebook group dedicated to getting his shows cancelled. Basically, if Buju wasn’t ready to make nice, activists in the gay & lesbian community were ready for war.
Last Monday he met with San Francisco city officials Bevan Dufty and Eric Mar, as well as Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender Center executive director Rebecca Rolfe, “queer blogger” Michael Petrelis and lesbian activist Andrea Shorter. This with a promise of further meetings to discuss their differences and common ground.
As Hip-Hop Wired reports:
‘The activists expressed their concern with his hateful lyrics particularly from his 1992 hit; “Boom Boom Bye” that uses gay slurs and says that gays should be shot in the head.
‘The San Francisco Weekly reports that he explained himself to the activists saying,
‘“Let’s face the reality; whatever is said in a positive light can’t get out. I don’t perform the song anymore. The reality is, I’ve gone past that.”
‘Banton who is also the founder of the pro-safe sex anti-AIDs organization, Operation Willy, also added,
‘“I don’t advocate violence, Rastafari is not about that.”
‘Following the meeting, the concert carried on as usual without protest. Banton and the activists are expected to meet again in the near future to further discuss their issues.’
Go here for more on the back story.
Once again, Confucius would have something brief and value-loaded to say about this.
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