Buju Banton's Managers Lie to Media

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Posted on September 25, 2009 - 6:40pm by Anonymous.

Three Updates

1- Miami Herald Article Calls Out Concert Promoter's Lie
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.


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

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.

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.


Anonymous (not verified) says:

October 27, 2009 - 2:09pm

you people sure are funny. calling out "lies" by spreading mis- and half-truths. i think that's called rabble-rousing and/or censorship. McGregor addressed the Miami performance, which is a snippet and not the full song, and doesn't contain the lyrics you all are so incensed about, in 2006. it's now three years later. in that time buju has not recorded any further anti-gay music--in fact, he only has one anti-gay song in a 20-year career--and has not performed "boom bye bye" in the US. your arguments are old and tired. sorry, but you can't persecute a guy just for believing that homosexuality is wrong. and you can't force a gay agenda down people's throats.

the situation in Jamaica is unfortunate, but last time i checked, Buju Banton was not the prime minister.

if you gays care so much about murder in jamaica, how come there's no protest or outcry over the 1,500 people murdered there every year?--most of them poor and black. you can't name name one gay person killed as a direct result of dancehall music, because there aren't any.

SamK (not verified) says:

October 4, 2009 - 7:13am

In "Boom Bye Bye" Buju Banton says "gays must be killed" and calls for gays to be shot in the head, shot with an Uzi, have acid thrown in their faces and to be burned like a tire.

The U.S. copyright on this song is dated 1993. In all the years since, he has not distanced himself from the song. He did apologize, and then he retracted his apology.

Beenie Man, is also scheduled to perform at Reggae Bash 2009. Beenie Man calls for lesbians to be hanged to death in his song "Han Up Deh." In the song "Damn," Beenie Man dreams of a Jamaica where all gays are executed. Beenie has more "kill gays" songs than this.

There are more dancehall artistes who call for killing and/or torturing LGBT people. There are at least eight: Dancehall Dossier

Buju Banton doesn't apologize for "Boom Bye Bye." Watch video What Have I Done Wrong? Also watch There is no end to the war between me and faggots

For a lot more information see Rasta Got Hate Tour 2009

SamK (not verified) says:

October 4, 2009 - 6:58am

In "Boom Bye Bye" Buju Banton says that "gays must be killed" and that gays should be shot in the head, shot with an Uzi, have acid thrown in their faces and be burned like a tire.

Anonymous (not verified) says:

September 28, 2009 - 5:47am

Steve Rothaus, in the Miami Herald, also quotes Global Vybz Entertainment promoter Andrew Minott, promoter of "Gay Bash 2009" as saying: "Leave all judgment up to God. Read the Bible. I'm a Christian. If a man lay with a man, you can fill in the blank."

Minott agrees with Buju Banton and Beenie Man. We definitely need to say "Bye Bye Buju" and "Bye Bye Beenie."

Nicole (not verified) says:

September 26, 2009 - 6:13pm

Can this guy get anymore disturbing? I don't understand why they're trying to cover this up and lie about it? Would he not be in the least offended if KKK members formed a band replacing the word "faggots" with "jamaicans"? I'm glad the media is investigating this dirtbag's managers and not taking their words for face value. Free speach should be taken away from celebrities or public figures (who make an impression on young minds and manipulate even the people of older generations) when lyrics or public speeches promote hate, abuse, or death towards ANY group of people...where do we draw the line?

LittleMo (not verified) says:

September 26, 2009 - 5:02pm

The idea of the LGBT concert in place of the anti-gay concert at the Majestic in Detroit is a MAJESTIC idea, and if I lived near or in Detroit, I would DEFINITELY attend. Kudos to all of you for coming up with such a great idea! I hope lots of people attend!

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