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Beenie Man’s History of Hate

Jamaican dancehall artist Beenie Man has had a long career of writing and performing songs that call for LGBT people to be killed. It looks like his career as a homophobe goes back to 1994 and the song “Bomb and Dynamite.”

Along with a number of Jamaican dancehall performers, Beenie Man’s visa to work in the U.S. was canceled back in April 2010. Over the years there have been numerous protests against Beenie Man in the U.S. and other countries. He has had many performances canceled because of community opposition to him.

As of July 2011, Beenie Man is able to work and perform in the U.S. His U.S. work visa has been restored.

In the YouTube video above, issued prior to touring in Europe in May 2012, Beenie Man says “. . . Listen to what I have to say. Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no one . . . I respect each and every human being. Regardless of which race and creed. Regardless of which religious beliefs you believe in and regardless of which sexual preference you have, including gay and lesbian people. I respect all humans.”

He also says: “Do not fight against me for some song that I sing 20 years ago.” Below are four “kill LGBT” songs from the “Dancehall Dossier.” All of these songs were released in 2000 or later. The most recent song in the “Dancehall Dossier,” “Batty Man Fi Dead” (“Faggots Must be Killed”), was released in 2004.

He performed one of his infamous “kill LGBT” songs, “Mi Nah Wallah,” as recently as December 5th, 2009, in Kampala, Uganda (see reference below).

The description of Beenie Man’s YouTube “Video Statement” mentions that Beenie Man signed a Reggae Compassionate Act agreement in 2007. This was an agreement in which he agreed not to promote hatred and violence in his work or stage comments. What Beenie Man does not mention in the description of his YouTube “Video Statement” is that soon after signing a Reggae Compassionate Act agreement in 2007, he denied signing it. When he sang “Mi Nah Wallah,” in Uganda in December 2009, he also violated his RCA agreement.

In a later video statement Beenie Man says “I Never Apologize To Gays” 05/23/12

Beenie Man’s “Video Statement” (above) is a step in the right direction for Beenie Man. But he is still a strongly homophobic man. He tends to mislead people about his history of performing “kill LGBT” songs (“Do not fight against me for some song that I sing 20 years ago”) and bringing up his Reggae Compassionate Act agreement without mentioning that he denied signing it, thus negating it.

In an interview with The Advocate published on 08/01/12 , an LGBT magazine, Beenie Man shows that his views about LGBT people have not really changed.

Beenie Man’s History of Hate

On December 05, 2009, Beenie Man performed in Kampala, Uganda a song titled “Mi Nah Wallah.” In this song, he says he would like to cut the throats of all gay men. Beenie Man in Kampala, Uganda 12/05/09

Beenie Man was scheduled for the 2010 “Big Day Out” festivals in New Zealand and Australia. These dates were canceled in November 2009, before the Kampala, Uganda concert. See Beenie Man Pulled From Big Day Out 11/15/09

Over the years, Beenie Man has had many of his shows canceled because of his extreme homophobia Beenie Man: Shows Cancelled 2004 – 2010

Beenie Man signed a Reggae Compassionate Act agreement in which he pledged not to promote hatred and violence. See Beenie Man’s Signed Reggae Compassionate Act Agreement March 2007 Weeks later he denied signing a RCA agreement. He certainly violated his RCA agreement in Uganda.

Beenie Man has a history of writing and performing material that calls for LGBT people to be killed. Here are lines from some of his songs from the DANCEHALL DOSSIER

Some “Kill LGBT” Songs by Beenie Man

Beenie Man – Han Up Deh

Hang chi chi gal wid a long piece of rope

Hang lesbians with a long piece of rope

Beenie Man – Damn

I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays

I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays

Beenie Man – Batty Man Fi Dead (Queers Must Be killed)

(aka ‘Weh U No Fi Do’)

All batty man fi dead!

All faggots must be killed!

From you fuck batty den a coppa and lead

If you fuck arse, then you get copper and lead [bullets]

Nuh man nuh fi have a another man in a him bed.

No man must have another man in his bed


For more information about homophobia in Jamaica and the Caribbean and murder music read Homophobia in Jamaica and “Murder Music”

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