Saturday, August 25, 2007

"Gay Activists to Protest NY Reggae Fest"

From Salon:

The issue of anti-gay lyrics in reggae and other Jamaican music surfaced years ago when Banton released "Batty Rider" and "Boom Bye Bye," which glorify the shooting of gay men. The Beenie Man song "Han Up Deh" calls for a lesbian to be hanged, while T.O.K's song "Chi Chi Man" suggests the burning of gay men.

Freedom of expression is great, but I doubt any artist would make it in this country by writing songs about lynching blacks, let alone be welcome to perform at a public festival.

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