Buju Banton Promoter Claims $100,000 loss on Miami Concert

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Posted on November 3, 2009 - 12:17pm by Anonymous.

Miami - The Reggae concert featuring two artist known for gay-bashing lyrics lost $100,000 money in the wake of public outrage surrounding their performance, according to the show's promoter.

Buju Banton and Beenie Man have provoked international condemnation for songs that advocate the murder, maiming and torture of gay men and lesbians.

Buju Banton's song "Boom Bye Bye" has become an international gay bashing anthem and his failure to denounce and distance himself from the murderous lyrics has caused venues across the country to cancel his show.

Equality Florida members across the state called, emailed and met in person with venue managers to educate them about the lyrics that advocate murdering gay people with AK-47s, acid, fire and by lynching.

Elected officials and community leaders spoke out against the lyrics.

Venues in Tampa, St.Pete, Orlando and Tallahassee canceled performances. The Cuban Club in Tampa barred Buju Banton for performing the song.

Citing First amendment concerns, management at the publicly owned Knight Center said they could not cancel the show, but the outrage appears to have cost the reggae dancehall singer and the show's promoter support.

Some Banton supporters believed the controversy would increase ticket sales and began spotlighting him as the headliner but ticket sales in Miami never reached even modest projections according to reports.

The shows promoter complained to an Equality Florida member that he had personally lost $100,000.

Equality Florida has requested that Buju Banton denounce his lyrics that call for the murder of gay people, stop performing the song and stop profiting from its sale.


Anonymous (not verified) says:

December 15, 2009 - 10:59am

Yeah I would. Only if that's the views of the neo- nazis. No one in this world should be able to tell someone they can't say something. Nazis commit violence though and that's taking it to far! There violent people! I or no Rastafarian I know would ever use violence or has used violence against gays or lesbians. Rastaman is a religious man there non-violent. There just saying bad things about gays there not crossing the line and commiting violence! Your wrong about one thing my friend. Freedom of Speech is for everyone whites, Africans, African americans, Latinos,Asians, Jews, Christians, Catholics, gays, straights, bisexuals, asexuals, racists, not racists, Stalin,hitler, bush jr and sr, gore, Kerry, ron Paul, even me. Remember back when women couldn't speak freely because all the men in the world were holding them down financially,emotionally, and censoring them. It was ok to do so because the majority says so. Just like the majority now says it's ok to censor rasta and hold him down spiritually and financially. Maybe the gay and lesbian community are trying to keep jamaicans and rastas poor and censored! U people are costing people money which equals food, shelter, transportation, and medical care. Your making it so rasta can't make money and your taking all the amenities and necessities of life away from poor black people stuck on an Island that they were inslaved to. Wow you gays are tuff. Like robbing the poor! The way things are going Rastas are going to be banned from playing in the U.S unless the gays say it's ok. The gays and lesbians are a Gang/Mob that's now using acts of Terrorism/Violence against Rastafarians. I'm referring to the Gay terrorist in San Francisco that pepper bombed a night club of non-violent people because he hates Buju Banton. Thats violent Hitler shit right there one group hates another for just using offensive/violent words against them but commiting no violence so u go out and pepper spray 400 innocent men and women one that was pregnant. That's Evil Terrorist shit! Gays are extermely violent and are showing the world they will stop at nothing to censor people they will even commit acts of Terrorism. Terrorism- is defined as a group of people who commit acts of violence against others to achieve there political goals. Hmm the Gays are starting to fit that profile quite nicely!

Mad Dog (not verified) says:

December 15, 2009 - 1:14am

Yeah, @anonymous, and I bet you'd be down with some neo-Nazi band that released a song advocating shooting and lynching and murder of African-Americans too. Nothing worse than some bunch of crybabies condemning artists who advocate murder--free speech is for everyone else, not them.

Anonymous (not verified) says:

December 14, 2009 - 9:49am

you gay men are ridiculous and your ruining what America is all about FREE SPEECH. It's my first amendment right to say what ever I want about Christians,catholis,whites,blacks,gays,and lesbians. As long as I don't commit any acts of violence there still just words. What happened to sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. If you don't like what someones saying don't fucking listen. Reggae isn't shoved in the mainstream medias face anywAy these gays are going out and searching for this music. We the American govt gave the gays way to much power because they complained and got organized in a mass. There miss using there power trying to end reggae. What these ignorant gays don't understand is 75 percent of all reggae artists have a battyman song or references to gays IN a negative way. What people need to understand is this is a group of religious people singing songs with anti gay lyrics because gays are going agInst there god Haile Selassie the almighty. There preaching and it's not much different than gospel music or a preacher standing up in a church telling his congregation gays are bad and burn fire on them. I guess since you can only have power and a voice in this country via money or race or numbers the rasta won't be able to speak because most of them are poor and black. So I guess the gays who were being rundown buy the religous and anti gay groups in America and fought to be able to exist are going to now engage in a battle to silence and exterminate a group of religous black people who they don't like. Hmmm how hypocritical is that? Abusees turning into abusers. All this is coming from a white man who has lived with a gay man and shared the same toilet shower and dishes and everything. I'm not a homophobe I'm just a real angry American who loves Freedom of Speech and Reggae music to death. I'm also starting to really not like gays and lesbians but not cause u guys do eachother but because u are declaring war against something I love and makes me breathe everday. Without reggae I would blow my brains out. I have mental problems and reggae N herb keep me happy so anyone who trys to take either away is taking away
my right to breathe and live and be happy in this world. Taking away my right to be free and exist. The gays are doing to me and the reggae world what the religous right and the GOP do to the gays which is try to end there right to exist and prosper in this world. If gays hate me and want to say I should die by AK -47, acid,fire,aids,ghoneria,sphyllis,nucleur bomb,or stabbed/ suffocated to death well that's fine because the gays can express themselves because that's there opinion and this is a free country and it's there first amendment right. As long as they don't actually kill me with all the ways above then there fine and there not breaking any laws. The gay community needs to stop cruising around like pit bulls ready to attack anyone who says anything mean about them. What a bunch of macho fairies!

SamK (not verified) says:

November 5, 2009 - 3:03am

Very good work, Equality Florida! And everyone who called, emailed, blogged: Thanks for your effort!

A big loss should send a message.

Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Sizzla, Capleton, T.O.K. and others will be back, sooner or later. We need to keep our eyes and ears open and be ready to call, email, etc all over again. That is just the reality of this situation.

Anonymous (not verified) says:

November 3, 2009 - 3:21pm

Boo-sie-freakin' hoosie. It's about doing the right thing, not money. That's the legacy that counts! Hooray for every person that protested, and for the venues that closed their doors to hatred.

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