Anti-gay Reggae concert canceled

Buju Banton lyrics call for shooting gays

by Matt Comer  Editor
Published: October 1, 2009 in News

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A performance venue and promotions company has canceled a scheduled concert by anti-gay Reggae singer Buju Banton.

The Music Farm’s and All-In Entertainment’s announcement came just one day after the Alliance for Full Acceptance (AFFA) urged their members to contact owner Marshall Lowe regarding the singer.

“It is unimaginable that any business supported by the people of Charleston SC would pay someone and literally give him a stage for hate speech,” AFFA said in an email to members. “Is that the reputation the Music Farm wants? Is that the kind of business you would support? Violence against gay and lesbian people may be “nothing new” to some corners of Jamaican reggae music. It doesn’t belong here.”

Banton’s “Boom Bye Bye” contains lyrics about shooting gay men in the head and burning their bodies.

“Neither, All-In Entertainment or the Music Farm, were aware of this song and the suggestions that it makes,” Lowe said in a statement emailed to media. “While we do believe in first amendment rights, we do not feel this artist projects the image that All-In Entertainment and The Music Farm have spent years building. We feel it is in the best interest of our fans, friends and the community as a whole to cancel this performance.”

Refunds will be given to those who already purchased tickets.

Banton has faced several recent concert cancellations in several cities including, Orlando, Tampa, Chicago, Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston.