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iTunes Canada pulls anti-gay dancehall songs

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iTunes Canada has removed several songs with anti-gay lyrics from its online store, in response to a campaign led by Egale and Stop Murder Music.

The songs - by Jamaican dancehall artists Buju Banton, Elephant Man and TOK - contain lyrics that advocate the killing of gays.

"iTunes is exercising its corporate responsibility by pulling this murder music and raising the bar for other retailers and distributors to do the same," says Akim Larcher, founder of SMM. He calls iTune's decision a victory for the gay community in Canada and in the Caribbean.

Egale and SMM wrote to iTunes in January, asking for homophobic tracks to be removed from the online store. They noted three songs that promoted violence against gays, and those tracks have now been removed.
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iTunes has also gone a step further by removing entire albums that contain the offending songs, not just the songs themselves. Elephant Man's track Log On contains the lyrics "Dance wi a dance and a bun out a freaky man" (Join our dance and let's burn out the queer man). The album of the same name can't be downloaded on iTunes, but all of Elephant Man's other albums are available.

"We are extremely pleased with this decision," says Helen Kennedy, executive director of Egale Canada, "we have also contacted HMV, Archambault Inc, and Amazon.ca and we are optimistic that they will follow iTunes lead."

Last year, SMM was able to force the cancellation of shows in Ontario by dancehall artists Sizzla, Elephant Man, Capleton, Baby Cham and Beenie Man.

The lyric controversy ignited some debate about censorship and freedom of expression.

"We would like to prevent any profiting from those songs," Larcher told Xtra in Feb. "We have to create spaces where this music is not sold, profited from or shared easily."

Source: www.xtra.ca

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Comments (11)

 

Posted by Lyric | April 10, 2008 6:56 PM

When Blacks were being linched where were these people?

When other races profited from the Black Mans sweat where were these people?

If this group is so righteous, why don't they ask these companies and individuals to give the black race all the profits they gained from slavery?

Where were they when the black man was being oppressed by the South Africans and on and on

seems to me they only care about their nasty and disgusting ways

They are the ones preaching hate for fighting the reggae industry is that not also a form of hate crime.

Give me a Break so much more important things are going on in the world why do these gays get so much attention

These companies have the nerve! where were they when we needed them!

seems to me we should be the ones not supporting companies that support Gays!!!!!!!

When a little boy gets raped I don't see that Larcher B*tty Boy losing any sleep!

I don't use I-Tunes anyways

Fire fe dem B*tty Boy



Saint:
Posted by Saint | April 10, 2008 8:52 PM

We can't win this war against homosexuality unless a non-bias study involving; lie detecting (utilizing lie detectors), auditing (undertaken by one of the "Big Four" worldwide Auditing Firms) and overseeing of the subjects, scientists, scientific process and results is done to finally state as a fact whether homosexuality is a mental disorder.



jerome:
Posted by jerome | April 10, 2008 10:48 PM

wa kinda world we living when a man can''t speak his mind so i guess if i don't like coke the coke company going to try and stop me from saying that.



sh*ting hell:
Posted by sh*ting hell | April 11, 2008 1:43 AM

if is one thing i learn from this gay thing as a human being getting ahead in life don't let the gays hate because them worse than flee pon dogs



Michelle:
Posted by Michelle | April 11, 2008 9:17 AM

Is it just by chance that you carry an advert for a homosexual dating agency in your header above a story about the removal of material y Jamaican artists deemed ant-homosexual?



BEEF SOUP:
Posted by BEEF SOUP | April 11, 2008 11:15 AM

THE BIBLE ALSO SAY FIRE IS GOING TO BURN-UP ALL EVIL DOERS, SO OUR ARTISTS ARE REPEATING WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS OIT IS ALL GOD/JAH/JEHOVAH LAW. WE THE REGGAE/DANCEHALL FOUNDATIONS NEED TO TAKE THESE PEOPLE TO A HIGH COURT AND SETTLE THIS ARGUMENT, CAUSE WE ARE DELIVERING GOD LAW. PLEASE HIRE ME TO DEFEND THIS CASE AS I WILL RIP DEM TO PEICES.....



Steppa out of Brooklyn, NY:
Posted by Steppa out of Brooklyn, NY | April 11, 2008 12:16 PM

Fire pon di b*tty man dem. Put all a dem pon a island and blow the island up.



Posted by DIAMOND | April 11, 2008 1:14 PM

DEM B*TTI FISH P*SSYS ARE REALLY GETTIN ON MI NERVES DEM. DEM A FIGHT WE -- NOW WHY CANT WE FIGHT DEM FASSYHOLES TOO-- SH*T WE NEED FI SHOW & PUT DEM INNA DEM PLACE-- NOW AS FAR AS DA ITUNES TING - I NEVA HEARD OF-- I WOULD NEVA PAY FOR MI MUSIC ONLINE ANI WAYS SO DAT DON AFFECT ME--SO ME NAH CARE BOUT DAT-- NOW DEM A TRY SHOW OFF SEY DEY CAN STOP US INNA ANYTING-- ME WAN US TO STAND UP TO THESE NASTINESS PPL.
DEM CAN CUM TO ANY JAMICIAN SHOW DUNG ERE INNA MIAMI. CUS A PURE BADMAN ERE - A WE SEY WE SHOOT B*TTI FISH BWAY & B*TTI FISH GYALS DEM FI FUN -STA8



Posted by Miss Mikelah | April 11, 2008 2:08 PM

I wonder if they took off NWA's "F*k the Police" too...I doubt it! If you go through a lot of the musical categories rock,hip hop & pop where they talk about violence, drugs & other "hate music" They really just need to lay off it, its not that serious.



Pookie:
Posted by Pookie | April 11, 2008 4:42 PM

These people are something else,why is it ok for the gays to express themselves(sleeping with the same sex)but its not ok for the Jamaican artists to express themselves?thats messed up its not like they are going to hurt them and homosexuality is wrong its sin and they have too much rights.I dont care about who people should love,its there lives but what they are doing is not fair.



Ricky Rudy:
Posted by Ricky Rudy | April 15, 2008 2:54 PM

Give dem gay bwoy yah a few more years an dem all ban the bible too.



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