Beenie Man: A "Kill the Gays" Performer Coming to Rochester, NY
Viciously homophobic, Beenie Man routinely calls for violence against gays and lesbians in his music, and he is not the only homophobic musician.
Earlier this year, activists were successful in getting another homophobic musician, Capleton, pulled from concert tours in California. Capleton also has a history of anti-gay lyrics and continues to perform anti-gay music even after pledging to stop.
Beenie Man is, essentially, no different. He has continued to sing anti-gay lyrics, which call for gays to have their throats slit or lesbians to be hung by rope. In another egregious example of homophobia in his lyrics, Beenie Man also says he dreams of a Jamaica where all gays are executed.
Beenie Man Concert in Uganda 2009
One of his most famous songs, "Mi Nah Wallah," calls for gay people to have their throats slit. Moreover, Beenie Man traveled to Uganda in fall 2009, a country which is currently debating legislation that would institute the death penalty for many gays and lesbians, and during the concert sang "Mi Nah Wallah" and blasted gays and lesbians from the stage.
No venue should be in the business of supporting this type of music. Urge Water Street Music Hall in Rochester to drop this act. His music may be popular in certain circles, but that certainly doesn't make up for the levels of violence and the toxic climate of hatred that it causes.
Take Action: Tell Water Street Music Hall homophobic performers are not welcome.
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