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"Kill Gays" Performer In Uptown?

GLN permalink 9-21-2010

Cancel Capleton Hate Tour 2010

Recently GLN learned that a popular Uptown club, The Kinetic Playground, has scheduled notorious "Kill the Gays" performer Capleton. We are currently discussing with management to get them to cancel Capleton, and will be organizing a protest if they do not soon go forward with a cancellation. Here is the letter which initiated our contact with the club:

The Kinetic Playground
1113 W. Lawrence
Chicago, IL 60640

To the Owners of The Kinetic Playground:

It has come to the attention of Chicago's Gay Liberation Network (GLN) that you or your promoters have scheduled an appearance of the Jamaican dancehall singer Capleton (aka Clifton Bailey) on October 9th.

Perhaps you are unaware that Capleton is a performer who promotes violence against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities in his lyrics. One of his songs is entitled "Bun out Di Chi Chi," which translates to "Burn the Queer," and an example of one of his lyrics is the noxious:

"Shoulda know seh Capleton bun battyman,
the same fire apply to di lesbian"
("[you] should know that Capleton burns queers, [and] the same fire applies to lesbians").

Since you are apparently unaware of it, here is a brief history of Capleton's vicious incitements of violence against gays and lesbians, and the responses to it. In 2004, Capleton's scheduled concerts in three venues in California were cancelled after LGBT pressure was applied because of his calls from the stage to kill gays.

Losing lots of U.S. dollars because of cancellations, Capleton and a few other anti-gay reggae singers finally in 2007 felt compelled to sign a document known as the Reggae Compassionate Act, which is a pledge no longer to sing or otherwise profit from songs that promote violence against LGBT people. However, Capleton quickly violated the terms of the agreement. As a result, his tours in Switzerland and France were cancelled in 2008.

Nonetheless, as recently as last Christmas in a Jamaican concert, Capleton again loudly proclaimed to his audience: "All who a bun battyman and sodomite, hand up!" ("All who have burned queers and sodomites, put your hands up!") This outrageous call to celebrate murder caused LGBT activists in Long Beach, California, to mobilize, and promoters cooperated by canceling Capleton's invitation to participate at the prestigious Reggae Muffins Festival last February.

Very few promoters want to be associated with murderous bigotry and calls from the stage to commit mayhem. No respectable promoter would knowingly schedule a performer whose lyrics promoted violence and murder against blacks or Jews or Muslims. We ask for and expect the same consideration be made concerning LGBT people.

Therefore, we respectfully request that you cancel forthwith your invitation to Capleton to perform at your establishment on October 9th.

If you fail to comply with our request, we intend to mobilize many LGBT people and allies to picket in front of your establishment on the night of his performance.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Roger Fraser
on behalf of the Gay Liberation Network

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