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Isn't he meant to be spiritual now so his homophobic beliefs are behind him? And would he have sung that song anyway?
yes he would, he only said that to get the press of his back. he no like the gay.
Just because the guy made a complete tool of himself about 20 years ago, he gets hounded by self-appointed moral scum.
"Don't hate crime me."
know, do the 'gay community' sit down and have a meeting at the start of each month to check who's playing on their 'patch'?
'Yep, Bromhead's Jacket are fine, we'll let Bat For Lashes in, Slayer? Yeah, no problems there...WOAH! What's this?! A reggae artist who doesn't like us? Man the barricades! Kick this evil scum out!'
Whilst I disagree with the supposed lyrical content as much as the next man, I find this...well, a little bit silly?
Might just be me though.
I mean, WHO thought Brighton was gonna be keen?
My student union banned Eminem from being played anywhere because of his homophobic remarks / lyrics. I didn't like it then and I don't like it now.
The problem is, I think it's rather playing into the hands of homophobes. It makes it seem like there's a gay mafia trying to repress their views. I think it would be far more effective to just let the guy play to a rubbish turnout with a bunch of protestors outside highlighting the stupid things he's said. Banning people gives them a flase glamour in my view, quite aside from free speech issues.
they should just bum him.
that'd learn his ass some reeeespect.
But in this case the situation is a little more complex. I think if Buju Banton had lyrics that merely discussed his dislike/hate of gays, or even claimed they were all terrible people it would be different. Lyrical content such as that may be unpleasant, but there'd be no need for censorship: freedom of speech, truth gains by error, et cetera.
However, Buju Banton has, on a number of occasions, like many Jamaican musicians (along with the church and government) called for the execution and murder of gays. This obviously moves beyond the slightly offensive petty homophobia of Eminem et al to something far more sinister: unequivocal calls for murder, something which should not be tolerated or condoned on any level. As such I think this action is entirely appropriate.
Should try tackling the root of the problem, ie. Jamaican socio-political attitudes, rather than taking the Daily Mail's 'ban this filth' attitude if somebody tries to play a gig in Brighton.
has the capacity to rectify decades of ingrained homophobia in Jamaican society. Instead banning the concert sends a clear message that such disgusting views will not be tolerated here, and rightly so.
But they could have a go, point out WHY so many 'stars' think this way, and rather than making people think 'ah, they've banned another one.'
I completely agree such homophobia is abhorrent, but if we outrightly ban performers we disagree with, where do we draw the line?
we draw the line at people who dont make racist or homophobic or sexist comments. simple really. dont be a cunt and you wont get banned.
It has more to do with the fact that he has in the past, and may still do, advocated violence and murder. I'd have been interested to see what would happen if the gig had gone ahead and someone had submitted a video of the performance to the police as evidence of a hate crime (providing, of course, that the homophobic stuff is still in his set).
it's posssible to fight on more than one front at once. And I don't think the word "Jamaican" is needed in that sentence, frankly.
I think it's socio-political attitudes in most places that need to catch up
why? when reggae is jamaican and its homophobic due to people growing up in jamiaca being exposed to incredibly homophobic attitudes?
some of it is homophobic.
and yes, obviously homophobia is a bigger problem in Jamaica than in most other places, and needs to be stamped out.
I was more trying to make the point that Britain isn't quite the promised land when it comes to The Gays, like. Dunno if it was worth making.
I've always wanted to say that. ;-)
Surely the very fact we're having this discussion helps suggest Britain is closer to the 'promised land' than probably any other nation in the world?
"Britain: we're not perfect, but we're better than you", or summat?
There are plenty of worse places to live in the world, in terms of liberal attitudes to lifestyle choices.
It's like telling a rape victim 'It's ok, they could've killed you afterwards.'
incitement = illegal
I don't see a problem with banning this concert. It's not that he's a retarded homophobe, it's that he incites violence.
It's not an "argument" at all. I'm acknowledging that homophobia in Britain is not quite as pervasive or as dangerous as it is in Jamaica. Your analogy is ludicrous.
theres also more exciting places to live in the world too.
you said gay mafia.
the thing is though: if Buju Banton has fans, what of their morality?
"Boom Bye Bye" is a classic genre record and a well known party anthem. But the fact it is says more than Banton ever could.
Banning him from perfoming misses the point completely because it doesn't address the main problem. Having him on something like Newsnight would achieve more.