OutAroad.com gets to understand that the Big Day Out music festival promoter Campbell Smith will not remove Jamaican artiste Beenie Man from the much anticipated Big Day Out line-up to be held in Auckland on January 15 2010.
According to reports from Radionz, protesters say they will disrupt the performance of Beenie Man, who has in the past performed homophobic songs which include lyrics inciting violence towards gay men and women.
The gays are holding a grudge against Beenie Man for a song he wrote back in 1999, which they claimed, incites violence against their kind.
Why They Only Pick On Dancehall Music?
Reggae DJ Stinky Jim said he's not a supporter of dancehall music with homophobia lyrics, but said it is a reflection of the Jamaican society.
"Why don't they pick on Hip-Hop artistes? It's not just Dancehall this goes on in. It happens in other forms of music, dancehall is the scapegoat, I think it's because it's a poor music that doesn't have major cooperation and backing and it's an easy target. I can't believe that by harassing artistes and making a witch hunt it's going to improve the situation. Stinky Jim told Radio New Zealand.
Mr Campbell Smith says that they will meet with the Beenie Man from there they will advised him not to perform offensive material at Mt Smart Stadium on the day of the show. However, there are no plans to cancel the Jamaican Star from the show.