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"Kill gays" singer tours Australia & New Zealand

Big Day Out organisers ignore gay concerns; Blood money for singer who wants gays dead

November 13, 2009

Beenie Man
LONDON – A singer who has released songs urging the murder of lesbians and gays is being lined up to perform at Big Day Out events in Australia and New Zealand.

Beenie Man, one of Jamaica's leading reggae stars, has had hit tunes which incite the murder of lesbians and gay men.

In his hit tune Damn, Beenie Man sings: "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the queers."

Another of his hit tunes, Bad Man Chi Chi Man (Bad Man Queer Man), instructs listeners to kill gay DJs and boasts that people would gladly go to jail for killing a queer: "If yuh nuh chi chi (queer) man wave yuh right hand and (NO!!!) / If yuh nuh lesbian wave yuh right hand and (NO!!!) / Some bwoy will go a jail fi kill man tun bad man chi chi man!!! / Tell mi, sumfest it should a be a showdown / Yuh seem to run off a stage like a clown (Kill Dem DJ!!!)".

Chi Chi Man is a very offensive Jamaican patois homophobic slang insult, equivalent to the insulting words queer, poof and faggot.

Despite this evidence, Big Day Out organisers in Melbourne are considering going ahead with Beenie Man's concert in the city.

Big Day Out organiser Susan Forrester has contacted Peter Tatchell of the gay rights group OutRage! in London, who is the International Coordinator of the Stop Murder Music campaign. Her contact details are (03) 9820 4677 and susan@bigdayout.com

Mr Tatchell has replied to her, calling on Big Day Out to cancel Beenie Man's concert. He wrote to Ms Forrester as follows:

"Beenie Man is clearly unrepentant. He has never apologised for urging the killing of gay people. In fact, he put out a statement saying 'I no apologise'. You would not consider hosting Beenie Man if he was a white racist singer who had called for the murder of black people. You would dump him. Why the double standards?" queried Mr Tatchell, who is Melbourne-born but London based since 1971.

Beenie Man is also being considered as a guest performer at Auckland's Big Day Out, according to its promoter Campbell Smith. Outrage!

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