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Beenie Man can't even say the word 'gay'

Homophobic dance hall music artist Beenie Man, whose lyrics call for violence against LGBTs, is now denying that he signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, which some fellow artists have agreed to sign. It calls for them to “respect and uphold the rights of all individuals to live without violence due to their religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or gender.”

In the Jamaica Observer, he gives a ridiculous interview where he cannot even bring himself to say “gay” when asked about the situation. Apparently a call to quell hate music is a “white man’s thing,” since Beenie Man refers to the blowback as the work of European promoters.

International Grammy-winning deejay, Beenie Man, in an about-turn Friday denounced violence against homosexuals, but made it clear that he did not support that lifestyle.

The deejay was responding to questions about an alleged deal with international gay rights groups, including the UK-based Outrage, in which he was said to have agreed to renounce violence against gays.

He denied signing any such deal, which Outrage last month announced as the Reggae Compassionate Act, but at the same time said that violence against gays was wrong.

“We don’t need it,” he told reporters shortly after closing Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest’s Dancehall Night at approximately 7:15 Friday morning. “We don’t need to kill dem. We just need fi tell the people dem the right ting because I not supporting a gay lifestyle because it’s not wholesome to me.”

Beenie Man explained that the Reggae Compassionate Act to which Outrage referred, was brokered by European promoters under fire from gay rights groups furious that they continued to support certain Reggae acts whose lyrics incited violence against homosexuals.

“It’s a ting from the promoters of Europe. They are getting so much fight from the Christian and “g” organisation and everything,” said the self-proclaimed ‘King of the Dancehall’, who apparently could not bring himself to say the word gay.

He also wouldn’t comment on whether he would stop singing the songs that generated the call for the agreement in the first place.

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