Thanks to the work of LGBT activists around the nation, several more concerts of "kill gays" performer Buju Banton have been canceled since the cancellation of the concerts in Chicago and other major cities reported in the last GLN News.
Below we reprint two recent GLN press releases updating the progress made against this violent and dishonest homophobe, and give more reasons why gay and non-gay people should hope for the success of the campaign against him.
GLN permalink posted 09-18-2009
More Progress Against "Kill Gays" Performer Buju Banton
Viciously anti-gay performer Buju Banton has had his concerts in Columbus, OH, Cincinnati, OH and Minneapolis, MN canceled over the past few days, according to cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com, a website started by Gay Liberation Network webmaster Syd Stevens.
The cancellations come on the heels of shows nixed by AEG Live and Live Nation in Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, LA, San Francisco and Philadelphia (the Philadelphia concert went ahead under different auspices).
Buju Banton grusomely calls for the killing of gay people in the lyrics of his most well-known song, "Boom Bye Bye." When Jamaica's leading gay rights activist, Brian Williamson, was murdered in an apparent hate crime murdered in 2004, a Human Rights Watch researcher who went to the murder scene reported that a mob had gathered and was celebrating the murder by chanting the chorus to "Boom Bye Bye."
CancelBujuBanton.com is urging LGBT people and our allies to contact the concert promoters in Cincinnati, Columbus and Minneapolis to thank them for not helping promote Buju Banton's violent hate:
Cincinnati Annie's email@example.com
Columbus PromoWest Productions firstname.lastname@example.org
Minneapolis First Avenue email@example.com
In an article entitled "Concert canceled after gays' protest," The Columbus Dispatch reported Saturday that "Taking issue with some content in the singer's music, several groups -- including Equality Ohio and Stonewall Democrats of Ohio -- circulated an e-mail yesterday urging people to voice their disapproval and shut down the show." That and postings on the Columbusunderground.com local news site led to a flurry of communications that apparently prompted the cancellations.
A full listing of the cities still hosting Buju Banton concerts, along with contact information for the venues, can be found at http://cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com/
The national campaign to cancel Buju Banton's 2009 tour was initiated by Chicago's Gay Liberation Network (www.GayLiberation.net) in early August and energetically taken up by the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center and other activists around the nation. The international campaign against so-called "murder music" was initiated in the early 1990s by British gay activist Peter Tatchell and Jamaica's leading LGBT group, Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG).