Buju Banton concert canceled over anti-gay message, company says

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  • War for Buju!
    Sept. 24, 2009 7:03 p.m.

    I thought gays are fighting for equal rights and to stop gay hate and oppression, but why are they concerned about a MUSICIAN that 20 years ago made a song when he was a teenager about the distaste of homosexuals after a grown man raped a young boy in Jamaica. Grow up people if we all could put on record what we said when we were teens we would all look stupid. Protest marriage rights and adoption rights not music I guess they have nothing else better to do. Long Live Rastaman Music Long live Buju Banton

  • nyoka 2:44 pm
    Sept. 22, 2009 1:39 p.m.

    i thought when they say freedom of speech it actually mean freedom of speech, but i though wrong.every body have rights but it dont seem that way to me. what they doin is wrong, but who jah bless no man curse. he is standin up for what he beleive in. where he from its different we jamaican's are not open to that kind of world and we dont want to.

  • fight-for-rights
    Sept. 17, 2009 1:41 p.m.

    End gay oppression now. Freedom for da man!

  • Jamaican Context
    Sept. 16, 2009 8:44 a.m.

    After major boycotts and visa denials cramped his previous tours, he signed an industry agreement to stop advocating violence against gays, and did a hasty image makeover. But he now denies signing it and continues to allude to, and profit from, his signature hate songs. So yes, LGBT people are understandably ticked off.

    Banton is symptomatic of the violently homophobic society in Jamaica, which human rights monitors (and even MSM like Time Magazine) have labeled the most homophobic country in the world. Google anti-gay mob violence in Jamaica and see for yourself.

    Bantons shows have also been canceled in Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas, Columbus, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Chicago, with more cancellations imminent, so don't think the Urban Lounge is going rogue on this.

  • Anon
    Sept. 16, 2009 7:31 a.m.

    this is pure buisness, because why would urban pay a singer whose song would bring protestors, who would boycott your buisness till the end of time, bring loads of bad PR and generally cost you money?

    I mean, does it make sense for a private club to let a KKK country group sing at its location? No, because they would lose moeny in the long run!

  • and rap music
    Sept. 15, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    isn't violent--against women, agsinst policemen, against white people? I'm opposed to violence against ANYBODY.
    I'm also in favor of any business's right to support or not support those they chose--even if I personally don't agree with them. That's called freedom.

  • Lisa
    Sept. 15, 2009 7:26 p.m.

    This has NOTHING to do with free speech! He is 'singing' about being VIOLENT towards a group of people for their sexual preference. Are you folks deaf and dumb? What about if he was singing about being violent towards a group of people because of their religious preference? Is that free speech? Is it okay to beat people for that? I pray someday the folks of Utah will open their eyes and get a clue.

  • Richard Indianapolis
    Sept. 15, 2009 6:18 p.m.

    Just to put this cancellation in perspective, it should be noted that the Honorary British Envoy to Jamaica, John Terry, was murdered last week and a note found on or near his body referred to him as a 'batty man', the slur used for gay men in Jamaica. The type of lyrics Banton performs is not just an expression of personal beliefs, it is a call to violence which has resulted in the death of more than two dozen gay men in Jamaica in recent years. This is NOT free speech!!

  • Jeff
    Sept. 15, 2009 5:58 p.m.

    Motherbear, Brokeback Mountain is a love story between two men. Buju Banton advocates killing a group of people - if you cant see the difference in that I dont know what to say.

  • gbob
    Sept. 15, 2009 5:51 p.m.

    Buju rules, mon!

  • Sarah
    Sept. 15, 2009 5:10 p.m.

    Good for them - they don't have to use their venue to support violent hate speech, and they shouldn't!

  • RE: Motherbear
    Sept. 15, 2009 4:53 p.m.

    To Double Standard's point, how is this any different from Larry Miller banning Brokeback Mountain? It was his private business and he chose not to show that film, which was greeted by a boycott and demonstration of his theaters because of his choice and reached news outlets across the country, but I have no doubt that this won't get picked up anywhere else. It is a double standard. I have absolutely no problem with Urban Partners choosing not to bring him in, but I find it funny that the reason they cite for cancelling his show as a support of rights. I'm just saying it is obvious that they pick and choose which rights they support. As long as one's exercising of rights is not in conflict with a larger agenda it's OK, but just watch out if it is. It is just funny in a sad way, that is all.

  • And
    Sept. 15, 2009 4:19 p.m.

    The Urban Lounge is NOT a public place. It is a privately-owned music venue.
    It's not a county concert hall like Abravanel Hall or the Capitol Theatre

  • Motherbear
    Sept. 15, 2009 3:28 p.m.

    Both Double Standard and Not that I support his message need to get your facts straight. The artist still has the right to free speech in public but that does not entitle him to bring his message of murder and mayhem into an area of business area, nor is the business under any obligation to pay him to perform if they think it will offend their customers. No one is trying to silence him or restrict him from delivering his message, they are simply stating they aren't going to pay him to perform for their customers. It is the same thing as the recent kerfuffle over Kanye West hijacking Taylor Swift's acceptance speech - West was asked to leave then escorted off the premises by management because they didn't want him disrupting anything else, and he was free to go outside and tell anyone he wanted how he felt about the awards. The right to free speech does not include the right to say anything you want in someone else's space, especially if the owner of that space says otherwise. Period.

  • Double Standard?
    Sept. 15, 2009 2:32 p.m.

    To think that the free speech and expressions of an artist are under such scrutiny and censorship - I am shocked.

    Now what was that rally cry regarding Mr. Miller cancelling the showing of a cowboy film?

  • Not that I support his message..
    Sept. 15, 2009 2:29 p.m.

    but if Urban Partners supports the rights of all, then what about supporting his right to have an opinion of opposition and others right to determine how they feel about that message. Again, I don't support his opinion in ANY way, other than his right to have an opinion. It's just funny to hear a group ban someone for their right of expression in the name of support of rights of others. It is so typical of our society currently: we support everyone's rights and freedom of expression as long as they don't conflict with our opinion then they should be censored. That is not freedom that is tyranny.