BREAKING: Florida Venues Canceling Singer Who Calls for Murder of Gays

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Posted on September 17, 2009 - 10:29am by Anonymous.

Tampa and Orlando venues have cancelled performances by Buju Banton, the anti-gay Jamaican dance hall, ragga, and reggae singer, whose song "Boom Bye Bye" advocates killing gay men with submachine guns and by pouring acid on them.
Jacksonville and Miami venues executives have not yet responded to calls.

The Florida concert cancellations were announced following grassroots education and outreach efforts from a number of organizations and individuals across the state and across the country.

The outreach is part of a national campaign responding to the murderous lyrics (For more information: http://cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com/)

Venues in Salt Lake City, Columbus Ohio and Minneapolis. Add to this, promoters AEG and Live Nation canceled six of his shows due to outrage from groups in Chicago and Los Angeles. Richmond,
Virginia achieved a victory by getting the Buju Banton moved, which was scheduled to take place on the very same day as the 25th Anniversary of the Virginia Pride Festival.
While the show hasn't yet been canceled, where the show has been moved to has not been announced

In 2004, Buju Banton was investigated over the beatings of six gay men in Jamaica’s capital city of Kingston; he was acquitted in 2006 for lack of evidence. Human rights activists pointed out at the time that Jamaican authorities tend not to handle such cases aggressively, according to the Minnesota Independent,

Informing promoters of the performer's call for the murder of gay people is vital.
One Utah promoter described the decision to cancel, "When initially scheduling the Buju Banton event, we were unaware of his hateful anti-gay message. Upon further review, Urban Lounge has decided to cancel the event."

Take a moment to reach out now.

Venues that have NOT cancelled:

Jacksonville, FL
Buju October 29, 2009, 8:00 PM at Plush, Jacksonville, Florida
Cost: $30
Plush 845
University Blvd N
Jacksonville, FL 32211-9224
(904) 743-1845
Tom Fisher, Marketing Director
904.743.1845

Miami, FL
Raggae Bash 2009
Performing: Buju Banton, Beenie Man & Wayne Wonder!
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2009
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: James L. Knight Center
http://www.jlkc.com/
Lorenzo Muniz, General Manager
[email protected]
305.416.5974

Venues that have cancelled

Orlando, FL
Hard Rock
Hamish Dodds, President and Chief Executive Officer
407.445.7625
[email protected]

Tampa, FL
The Ritz, Ybor City
Concert Bookings & Public Events: Carla Vaughan (813) 247-2555 ext. 6554 [email protected]
Public Relations & Marketing: Okesene "Okie" Tilo (813) 247-2555 ext. 6555 [email protected]
Website: www.theritzybor.com

Comments

Anonymous (not verified) says:

November 4, 2009 - 9:32am

To the jerk, who said my words mean nothing. I see, since I disagree with you, I am nothing. You are just as bad or worse than Buju Banton. I have a right to say what I want as does everyone in the USA. It is called Freedom of Speech, you MORON! I guess in your mind, you are the only one that has rights. What kind of advocate for human rights are you? One set of rules for you and none for the rest of us. What are you, related to Al Sharpton? It's idiots like that jerk that turn people against them. Leave this blog for people without a closed mind. A**HOLE!



Anonymous (not verified) says:

October 5, 2009 - 3:02pm

Buju Banton is receiving what the Law of Karma is administering unto him… you preach hate – hate will be coming back to you… so to Mr. Banton and supporters… his words of hatred and a call to kill homosexuals has set a karmic response into action – cause & effect – we will never know the full extent his words have had on the lives of others - how many deaths or beatings they have instigated... but the Universe keeps tabs therefore the extent of Mr. Banton's backlash is being metered out in like-manner.… Buju now has to eat the seeds of hatred he himself planted…



Bruce B (not verified) says:

October 3, 2009 - 9:25pm

To the person who left a comment who also remained anonymous, your words mean nothing just as you hide behind your nameless self. I understand the constitution, and I can understand your point of view. I would also like to ask, no matter what skin color, race, creed you might be.. how about we as Miami Residents whom I am pretty sure some of our tax dollars have gone into The James L. Night Center, have the freedom to allow an artist that talks about killing you, or your creed, race, gender ? Now does that settle well ? I also know that miami is a melting pot of all and that's what seperates us apart from any other place, on the same note I find it highly intolerable to allow such nonsense to occur. There are way too many groups that are willing to stand outside of this building and also many artist who would NO LONGER PERFORM at a place where this would be allowed. So, before you think "oh here goes the gays' again" No we are people are uniting and standing firm and saying NO it's not going to happen. If they allow this concert to go on, then I think we as the resident's of Miami-Dade County should do everything in our power to fight for our freedom of speech. Don't let this one pass by, because if it does it allows an open door that say's "Miami Allows It". Feel free to e-mail me with any concerns, if they don't cancel it, see if we can set up a protest. [email protected].

Love to all,
Bruce



Steven (not verified) says:

October 1, 2009 - 5:40pm

Okay. I see "Anonymous says" point of view. Any publicity can be good publicity. However, things like this won't stop unless someone says it's wrong in the first place. It's very ignorant to think that staying quiet about something would be the better option because they're afraid their sales will rise due to the objections. Perhaps you don't realize that 2 shows were canceled. Those are wins in my book. Why were they canceled? Because people were outspoken about something that's harmful and dangerous to a community. Also, using the 1st amendment as a defense is pointless since it also defends the protesters Mr. Anonymous. I hope everyone here is successful for the last 2 shows. You have my support.



Brian M (not verified) says:

September 29, 2009 - 2:26pm

Who cares? I think every resident of Miami-Dade County will care if and when an International Boycott of the city or the county is called and scores of conventions and vacation visitors cancel their trips and go to Orlando or Tampa and spend their discretionary money there. Orlando and Tampa have canceled the concerts there. This town needs the business, the politicians may be a lot of things, but they are not stupid. It would not just be gay groups but all kinds of business groups which do not want bad press would be joining the boycott.



Anonymous (not verified) says:

September 28, 2009 - 1:54pm

Who gives a damn? Buju Banton has a right to make a living and is protected under the 1st amendment. The idiots on this blog are just throwing fuel into a fire that did'nt exist. One thing Banton didnt need was free publicity. Havent you fools learned anything? These big mouths are just as bad as the gay bashers. They are just as guilty as Banton, because they also exploit hate and show how stupid they really are. They have generated interest in these concerts and turned what was supposed to be a small turnout into what may be a sellout. By crying foul, all you did was make Baton more money. When will you learn?



David L. Wylie (not verified) says:

September 25, 2009 - 11:01am

The following is the coverage CBS4 here in Miami gave our efforts.

http://cbs4.com/local/buju.banton.concert.2.1208042.html



David L.Wylie (not verified) says:

September 24, 2009 - 9:30pm

Just got off the phone with Gwen, a reporter from CBS4 in Miami. She tells me they are running a report on the 11 pm news. Also, just got a message on Facebook that a facebook 'friend' received an email that the James L. Knight had cancelled the concert. No Confirmation yet but will keep you posted.

David L. Wylie
Senior Editor
www.gaysofla.com



David L. Wylie (not verified) says:

September 24, 2009 - 1:39pm

The followin is the tongue in cheek letter I wrote to the GM of the James L. Knight Center. I copied the Miami Mayor, other City Officials and other pertinent individuals. Waiting for a response.


Megaphone Public Relations Agency


Mr. Lorenzo Muniz
General Manager
James L. Knight Center
400 SE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33131

Dear Mr. Muniz,

My agency has recently been retained by the South East Regional Division of the Grand Wizards of the Ku Klux Klan. Besides handling the group’s public relations, I’ve also been tasked with facilitating the rental of a venue for the group’s annual convention. Being retained by such a controversial client has presented many obstacles, not the least being able to procure a suitable location for the convention.

You can imagine my excitement when I read in the local media that the James L. Knight International Center would be rented out by the promoters of the 2009 Reggae Bash, a concert featuring Veteran Ace Deejay Buju Banton and the King of Dancehall Mr. Beenie Man. While my client may take issue with the color of the skin of these two entertainers, my client agrees with the message of their music; rid the world of homosexuals (or, as Buju and Beenie call them, batty mons)!

My client thinks it is wonderful that the City of Miami is giving a platform to these purveyors of hate. The idea of Free Speech is embedded in the foundation of this Country and my client believes it is magnificent that such a beautiful, world-class, multipurpose entertainment complex such as the James Knight International Center is being utilized to propagate hate and violence against the gay community.

While the Grand Wizards of the KKK organization have been often criticized for their attitude towards racial minorities and homosexuals, never in the last two decades has their message been anywhere near as virulent and despicable as those messages spouted by Beenie and Buju.

In his song “Han up Deh”, Beeine instructs the song’s listeners to hang lesbians from a tree with a long piece of rope. The KKK hasn’t promoted that type of behavior since the early 60’s. In Buju’s “Boom Bye Bye”, the listener is encouraged to pour acid over faggots because they ‘have to die’.

I understand that hosting my client at your facility may be considered controversial by some, but you seem to be a leader of courage and the Miami must be a bastion of ‘free speech’ to allow Buju and Beenie to perform in a city owned facility.

I’ve poured over the Global Spectrum General Information Rider for the James L. Knight International Center and understand all the fees and costs involved. My client is more than willing to pay. I look forward to hearing back from you so we can nail down a contract. My client is thrilled with the possibility of holding their annual convention at the James Knight International Center!

Regards,


D.L. Wylie
President and CEO
Megaphone Public Relations Agency


9022 NW 33rd Street, Miami Gardens, FL 33014



Derek (not verified) says:

September 23, 2009 - 8:14pm

I just emailed the mayor's office:

[email protected]

Not sure if anything will come of it, but won't hurt!!



Derek (not verified) says:

September 23, 2009 - 7:20pm

If the City of Miami owns the theatre what about contacting someone in the City office? It sounds like the Manager of the theatre is unwilling to listen. How about contact a news station or newspaper to create interest?



Lauren F (not verified) says:

September 23, 2009 - 6:53pm

I sent an e-mail and called Plush asking them to remove Banton's show, citing plenty of evidence for his hatred and homophobia. Will update with a response!



George B (not verified) says:

September 18, 2009 - 4:33pm

My partner and I emailed Mr. Muniz to request that the Miami concert be canceled. Below are his response and my reply to him:

In a message dated 9/18/2009 9:13:41 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [email protected] writes:

Dear Mr. George Byars,

How are you? I trust all is well. I have read your email and I appreciate the passion in which you communicate the stance you feel towards artist that breed hate.

The James L. Knight is a theater owned by the City of Miami. We rent it out to promoters, companies and agencies. Some of these promoters bring us meetings and some bring us concerts. These concerts can be Rock, R&B, Jazz and Reggae.

Please note we are not putting on the Buju Banton show. We are leasing the space to a promoter who is putting on a Reggae concert, which happens to include this artist.

Last month this same promoter put on another Reggae concert, which included Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Sugar Minott and others. The promoter is a very decent and honest man. I do not believe he signed this artist to invoke hate but to perform as just another Reggae act.

I have informed the promoter of the phone calls and emails I have received. I have also brought to his attention the issues you expressed in your email and I don't anticipate him doing another show with this artist.

Please note that we at The James L. Knight do not condone hatred and violence against anyone regardless of race, creed, color, religion or sexuality.

Yours truly and warm regards,

Lorenzo Muniz
General Manager
James L. Knight Ctr.
Miami Convention Ctr.
Global Spectrum Managed Facilities
(305) 416-5970 Office
(305) 416-5974 Direct
[email protected]



Dear Mr. Muniz,

I appreciate your prompt reply to my email. However, your response seems to imply that you (as manager of the Knight Center, which I understand is owned by the City of Miami) have no responsibility to approve the kinds of performers appearing in the Knight Center, the uses to which your stage is put, or the types of meetings that take place there. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that your venue enforces your stated policy, "Please note that we at The James L. Knight do not condone hatred and violence against anyone regardless of race, creed, color, religion or sexuality." It is also your responsibility to ensure that gay citizens of Miami who happen to live nearby and walk past the Knight Center will not feel unsafe and threatened by performers who advocate for their murder and oppression (and several thousand concert-goers who are encouraged to share their views).

I once again ask you to cancel the Reggae Bash 2009 concert immediately.

George Byars



GreenDay (not verified) says:

September 17, 2009 - 6:09pm

Sorry - one more

I emailed the following executives who own the company who manages the Knight Center

[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected];
[email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]



GreenDay (not verified) says:

September 17, 2009 - 5:38pm

The Knight Center is managed by Hyatt and owned partly by the City of Miami (http://southflorida.bizjournals.com/southflorida/stories/2008/11/10/stor...)

Time to launch some executive email carpet bombs?

http://consumerist.com/consumer/complaint-letters/how-to-launch-an-execu...



George B (not verified) says:

September 17, 2009 - 4:15pm

Good job on Tampa and Orlando cancellations. FYI, the Miami event is even worse, with both Buju Banton and Beenie Man performing. Beenie Man is just as homophobic as Banton, if not worse:

(from Wikipedia posting on Beenie Man) The lyrics to some of his songs have been criticized for inciting the murder of homosexuals, with lyrics such as, "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays"[17]. In "Mi Nah Wallah", he says he would like to cut the throats of all gay men.[18] In "Bad Man Chi Chi Man" the lyric instructs listeners to kill gay deejays, and in "Han Up Deh", the lyric suggests hanging lesbians with a long piece of rope.[18] MTV had plans to include Beenie Man in their roster of performers at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards but after protests MTV decided to exclude him.[19] In 2004, with a concert in England being cancelled due to his lyrics after he was stopped by police at Heathrow Airport when entering the country,[20] and amid fears of further cancellations, Beenie Man issued an apology through his record company: "While my lyrics are very personal, I do not write them with the intent of purposefully hurting or maligning others, and I offer my sincerest apologies to those who might have been offended, threatened or hurt by my songs."[18] The apology was dismissed as a stunt by gay rights campaigners.[18] In 2005, however, gay rights group OutRage! suspended their opposition to Beenie Man after he agreed not to play songs featuring homophobic lyrics, and he performed in London that year.[21] In 2006, he claimed that he was not homophobic, and claimed that his lyrics had been misconstrued, and that his references to homosexuals refer to the rape of boys by child molesters:

“ Jamaica is not against gay people. Gay means consented sex. What we have in Jamaica is not what it is in England where two men live together. That's not it in Jamaica and these people [like Tatchell] fail to understand that. In Jamaica, gay is rape. It's a big man with their money going into the ghetto and picking these little youth who ain't got nothing. And then give them money and then involving them. There were 550 youths who got raped inna Jamaica you know? And nobody seems to speak of that. Nobody sees the youth get raped, and throat cut because the man who raped him, he knows him, and he doesn't want him to go back and say he did it. And these things still happening.[22] ”

In 2007, it was reported that Beenie Man had signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, a petition organized by the Stop Murder Music campaign, agreeing to renounce homophobia and desist from writing and performing lyrics promoting violence against gay people.[23] He later denied that he had signed the act, stating "We don't need to kill dem. We just need fi tell the people dem the right ting because I not supporting a gay lifestyle because it's not wholesome to me."[24]



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