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Buju Banton on gay protestors – 'Fuck 'em'

Here’s a man who cuts to the chase. He refuses to apologize for his homophobic lyrics that call for the murder of gays and lesbians, and is pissed off that some of his concerts have been canceled because of protests. He took time to blow off some BS steam in Variety though:

Controversial reggae star Buju Banton has two words for the gay rights groups that have sporadically protested his concerts across the U.S.: “F*ck them.”

“I have never bashed any gays before, and if I bashed gays, I bashed them 16 years ago,” Banton tells Billboard.com. “There’s no tolerance from [the gay community]. I’m not a gay-basher. I’m not a homophobe.”

The 33-year-old Jamaican star, whose controversial 1992 song “Boom Bye Bye” preached violence against homosexuals — even calling for them to be shot in the head — has been plagued by protests since 2004, when he was accused of taking part in an attack on gay men in Kingston, Jamaica.

He claims “the media” is making too much out of a “handful of protestors’ actions.” Jasmyne’s not having any of it. She spells it out.

[Banton’s spokeswoman Tracii] MacGregor also said that the video of him leading a sing along of his notorious song “Boom Bye Bye” in Miami this year, even after his management said that he was no longer performing the song and even though it calls for the murder of gay men, “Was a song fragment that was followed by a free-style commentary on Banton’s public life as protest target.”

So let me get this clear. In order to talk about his life as the subject of numerous international protests, he has to actually lead a sing along of the offensive lyrics that started the protests in the beginning.

So does that mean that Virginian Senator George Allen, who is under fire for his alleged use of the “N” word, should actually say the slur every time he tries to defend himself?

How well do you think that would go over with Blacks here in America?

It’s a cop out, plain and simple.

Buju Banton is not a victim. No, that title goes to Brian Williamson, the Jamaican gay rights activist that was chopped into pieces with a machete for being gay. And it goes to Steve Harvey who was murdered in 2005 in Jamaica also for being gay. Victim is also the title used to describe 20-year-old Candice Williams and Phoebe Myrie, 22, who were found dumped in a pit with a burnt mattress and lesbian DVDs this year, allegedly for being lesbian

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