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More dancehall acts cancelled over homophobic lyrics controversy

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As it did in October a coalition of queer, black and human rights groups has succeeded in preventing Jamaican musicians from performing in Canada.

Shows by dancehall musicians Capleton, Baby Cham and Beenie Man have all been cancelled. The artists were scheduled to perform in southern Ontario in November and December. The Stop Murder Music Canada coalition (SMM) opposed their entry into the country on the grounds of homophobic lyrics the coalition says violate Canada's hate laws.

"All three are gone," says Helen Kennedy, the executive director of queer lobby group Egale Canada, a member of SMM. "None of the artists who violate our criminal code will perform, which is good news. Our objective is to raise the awareness of the human rights violations when these artists come to this country."

Kennedy says SMM sent a letter to Minister of Immigration Diane Finley asking her to deny entry to the artists on the grounds that their songs violate Canada's hate laws. But Kennedy says they have received no reply. Nobody from Finley's office returned calls from Xtra.

SMM met with the promoters of the Baby Cham and Beenie Man shows and demanded the artists publicly sign - in Jamaica - the Reggae Compassion Act, a contract in which the artist apologizes for writing and performing homophobic songs and pledges not to perform them any more.

Kennedy says she thinks the artists probably didn't take well to the demand.

"One can guess that the conversation didn't go very well," she says.

Read Full Story: www.xtra.ca

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Comments (7)

 

jammediawatch:
Posted by jammediawatch | November 26, 2007 11:09 AM

A Wah do dem raas fish and fishette deh man!?!



Laura:
Posted by Laura | November 28, 2007 6:27 PM

I don't think gay people should be murdered, but what they do is WRONG. People hate the truth. It's disgusting, they have sex where people release toxic waste from their bodies. YUK! People continue to preach everyone should have FREE SPEECH in these countries, but they really don't want you too. People should be able to stand yo for what they believe in. You shouldn't promote murder...but GAY MEN, GAY WOMEN, FIRE PON DEM! The reggae artist should get together and promote their own things. Work together! Just like the gay people get together and work for their cause...the reggae artist should get together and work for there cause....they're just trying to promote righteousness. The media does not want to tell the truth but AIDS is more easily spread between men



HOT OF D MARKET:
Posted by HOT OF D MARKET | December 23, 2007 1:47 PM

NEWS FLASH....BARBEE GOT BEAT DOWN BY BEENIE MAN AT HIS BACHELOR PAD THAT HE AND HIS SO-CALLED BROTHER BLUE SHARE AT 12 a WELLINGTON DRIVE.
THIS IS HOW IT OCCURRED:
BARBEE WAS WELL COMFORTABLE AND RELAXED STUFFIN HER FACE (as usual)...BEENIE MAN CAME HOME WITH ANOTHER GIRL TO HAVE A THREE SOME...BUT HER RESPONSE WAS "I'M NOT IN THE MOOD TODAY"...AT THAT POINT WHEN SHE REFUSED TO DO AS D DOCTOR SAID..SHE WAS FORCED TO LEAVE D HOUSE...WHICH STARTED IN A FIGHT CUZ BARBEE WASNT GONNA JUST ALLOW THE OTHER GIRL TO TAKE HER PLACE..WELL EVENTUALLY IT TURNED OUT THAT D DOC F@#% R UP...SHE EVENTUALLY LEFT....DONT KNO D OUTCOME OF THE STORY..BUT WE ALL KNO WAT COULDDA TAKE PLCAE(SHE RUN BACK TO HIM OF COURSE CUZ SHE WANT A BUSS AND A HYPE



Val:
Posted by Val | April 9, 2008 4:31 PM

Beenie Man, Capleton, Babysham and alll the other reggae artists, stand up for what you believe in that is right. I support what Laura states that gay people should not be murdered but what they do is wrong.Everyone all the over the world should have free speech and should be able to stand up for what they believe in. Do not let anyone, anywhere in this world force their beliefs on you. I hope you all did not sign or make any promise, publicly to the ridiculous "Reggae Compassion Act" that the promoters are trying to forece on you. Seems like democracy is on its way out in Jamaica.



Nisha:
Posted by Nisha | May 6, 2008 1:28 AM

AIDS is more easily spread from those who have AIDS REGARDLESS of sexuality. Love isn't wrong and many straight people have sex "where people release toxic waste from their bodies"! What bout them? Hating homosexuals is HATE, period. And NO GOD is Pro-Hate. That's more of an evil/Devil thing. Gay people have always been around, and they always will be. So best to get over it! Yall a bunch of macocious people!



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | October 21, 2008 8:01 PM

And Me begin a Jamaican we say the same thing to those who chose to have anal sex with women.they are worse than homosexuals because you have a vagina right in front of you but you chose to put in in the ass. Me personally think that is very wrong.



Anonymous:
Posted by Anonymous | November 24, 2009 12:24 PM

Nisha - seems like you have some of that kind of experience - the christian bible teaches that we should all love one another, but it did not teach us to have same sex intercourse -what about "Sadom & Gomorroh" - why did God destroy that city - want to hear from you again. We do not have to hate or murder them as people, but we do not have to love or like their immoral lifestyle and no-one should try to force their beliefs on others - people have the right to choose, otherwise democracy is dead.God created a man and a woman for a reason - 2 people of the same sex cannot create a life, they can only adopt children from hetrosexual couples who created those lives, so if everyone in this world was to be gay the whole generation would die - god said "be fruitful and multiply" so how can 2 people of the same sex multiply. Nisha I want to hear from you again.



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