Buju Banton's Managers Lie to Media

Three Updates

1- Miami Herald Article Calls Out Concert Promoter's Lie
http://ow.ly/r7SB
Banton caught on video performing murder gay music in 2006- IN MIAMI no less

2- Jamaican Newspaper reports: 'Boom Bye Bye' still haunting Buju

Buju Banton has been forced to cancel his seven-city tour of the United States (US) due to another round of protests from gay rights groups against him in that country.

http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20090902/ent/ent6.html

3- Clever: Michigan Turns Anti-Gay Show into Pro-Equality Concert
Michigan venue cancels and turns the night into a pro-Equality event.


1- Miami Herald Article Calls Out Concert Promoter's Lie
http://ow.ly/r7SB

In the article, the concert promoter makes the false claim that Banton's lyrics inciting the torture and murder of gays are no longer performed. But Rothhaus exposes the lie by posting a 2006 concert IN MIAMI in which Banton sings the notorious Boom Bye Bye.

Florida promoter, Andrew Minott of Global Vybz Entertainment, says Banton, 36, stopped singing Boom Bye Bye years ago.

"He did that song they're referring to when he was 15 years old," Minott said. "The song was forgotten about. Because they are making it a big issue, it's come to the forefront. Let sleeping dogs lie."

A YouTube video, however, shows Banton singing Boom Bye Bye during a May 2006 concert at Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami.

The promoter also has one of the most amazing quotes ever:

Minott said non-Jamaicans often misunderstand the lyrics of reggae performers like Banton and Beenie Man.

"It's a dance hall phrase, `Let's murder him. Murder the boy over there,' '' Minott said. "It's not literal. It's figurative."

No the message is quite literal, no matter how Minott tries to spin it.

“The message is that gay people's lives are cheap, and that harming gay people is OK," said Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, a statewide gay-rights group calling for the concert to be canceled. "Any time a message of violence and hatred against any group is put out there, it has to be challenged."

The article also points out the fact that Banton is scheduled to perform with Beenie Man.

Beenie Man, whose song titles include [Batty Man Fi Dead] Queers must be killed. Amid similar protests in 2004, MTV bounced Beenie Man from a concert during the Video Music Awards in Miami.

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UPDATE: Michigan Turned Anti-Gay Show into Pro-Equality Concert

Triangle Foundation is pleased to announce that the Buju Banton performance scheduled for next week at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit has been canceled.

The Majestic has been friendly to the LGBT community for many years, and they expressed that they wanted to do the right thing. The owners have given us their ear and now we’d like to help them. The late notice cancellation of Banton’s performance left the Majestic with large fees and an open evening.

Instead of a night of anti-gay sentiment from Banton, the Magic Stick (part of the Majestic complex) will host a LGBT awareness concert Sept. 30! Tickets will be just $10 and the lineup is in the works. Please mark your calendars! More details will be provided Monday by Affirmations, Transgender Detroit and Triangle Foundation.

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