Viciously Homophobic Jamaican Singers Banned from U.S.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Five Jamaican performers of so-called “murder music,” dancehall songs that advocate killing gays will not be allowed to enter the United States. They include Bounty Killer, Mavado, Beenie Man, Adonia and Ricky Trooper — have all had their visas cancelled, with no official explanation forthcoming from the State Department.

Speculation centers on two possible explanations. One theory is the musicians are not being allowed in due to the content of their material. The other is that the cancelled visas are a response to the refusal on the part of the Jamaican government to accede to U.S. extradition requests regarding Christopher “Dudus” Cokes on drug-running charges.

Antigay reggae musician Buju Banton was the subject of a boycotting campaign during a tour he undertook last year in the U.S. to promote his newest album. One of Banton’s signature songs is “Boom Bye Bye,” which describes shooting gay men in the head and incinerating their dead bodies. Banton was later arrested in Florida on drug charges.

Remarkably, the Jamaican press depicted Banton as the victim of U.S. “gay lynch mobs.”

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19 Responses to Viciously Homophobic Jamaican Singers Banned from U.S.

  1. Randy Arroyo says:

    Jamaica is the most antigay country in the western hemisphere. It’s right up there with Iran, Iraq and, Afghanistan. If ever a country was prime for the CIA to topple the government, I would argue Jamaica wins the prize.

  2. R.J. Lebeau says:

    That’s right. Respect the Gay Mafia!!!

    On a more serious note, I’m glad this happened. There’s no lynch mob involved. It’s a matter of what is right and wrong.

  3. JollyRoger says:

    People who have been incredibly victimized by hate, are often extremists themselves. I’m not sure why that is, but it most certainly is.

  4. Adirondacky says:

    These lyrics are counterintuitive to the goals we want to achieve in this country in how we treat gay and lesbian Americans. Since the State Dept. is headed now by Hillary Clinton, I wonder if this decision has her fingerprints on it?

  5. bradfrmphnx says:

    I’m sure the slimeballs at the Westboro Baptist Church will be greatly upset over the above events. It might be nice if they become so upset that they accidentally shoot themselves in their pea brained heads. I don’t like to spread hate because of hate, but when it comes to people in hate groups that want to kill somebody else because of something as insignificant as sexual orientation, then that hate group deserves to be hated. So fuck it…I hope they all choke on their “morality.” Needless to say, I won’t ever be going to Jamaica.

  6. Joe in Colorado says:

    These cretins have no business entering the USA and peddling their hatred. We have ample home-grown hate mongers on the far right and far left without bringing more in from Jamaica. I’ve heard of this sort of bile before this.

  7. feminazi says:

    I missed this blog post yesterday. You must have put it up in the evening. Anyway, I don’t recall Jamaica always having this homophobic undercurrent. I know people who traveled to and even lived there in the 1960’s and 1970’s and they said it was much like Bermuda. What happened to turn the culture into a hate-fueled cesspool?

  8. Tiny Dancer says:

    Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world. It’s illegal to be gay in Jamaica. The attitude of many Jamaicans to the LGBT community is hostile and they celebrate robbing, beating and killing gays. Other than this, Jamaica is swell.

    I’m delighted these “murder music” devils will be prevented from entering the U.S., and I’m waiting to hear someone step up to defend them.

  9. Peace Nick says:

    I’m sure Maggie Gallagher is heart broken that she won’t have the chance to see these idiots in concert.

  10. JollyRoger says:

    The hatemongers could always go to Jamaica and see them, but…. there’s so many of THEM there, y’know?

  11. R L Pete Housman says:

    Travel in the United States is a priviledge not a right
    I guess I appriciate the consideration as an American Citizen that someone who deliberatly seeks to incite hatred against any group of Americans. Now if we could just protect ourselves from ourselves.

  12. mbmdl says:

    I’m thrilled these homophobic thugs were denied a travel visa to the USA. Artistic freedom is one thing but singing lyrics like this and then making money by performing them in this nation is unacceptable.

  13. Christine Harrison says:

    Good call, Hillary. This is really beyond hate speech…it’s death threats. “Murder music”….how horrible. And we don’t need any outside help in stirring up our own homegrown homophobes.

  14. PoliShifter says:

    I read this post a few days ago and it troubled me. I was a huge reggae fan while in college. Went to several reggae fests. I never got an anti-gay vibe from it.

    As years went by I stopped listening as much except to an occasional Bob Marley or Peter Tosh.

    The fact that there is this strain of anti-gay reggae is tragic to me. The music generally was about peace and love with positive themes. I have heard of Buju Banton before but never heard his music. He should be ashamed. I think he does reggae a disservice that runs counter to its message.

  15. Beatrix,

    You have been banned.

    If anyone wishes to send this stupid twat some love, I am publishing her email & IP addresses.

  16. Hugh Prehay says:

    I’m 38 year old Jamaican who has been in this country for eleven years.The homophobia in my country & all that comes with it has been a source of embarassment for me & many like me who believe no one should be subject to discrimination or harm because of thier sexual orientation.I love my country & am proud of so many aspects of it,the dedication to thier faith,the creativity & kindness but the idea that so many of my follow Jamaicans think another human life should be snuffed out because they’re gay is BARBARIC & WRONG on sooo many levels!

  17. chuckcaddy101 says:

    I agree somewhat, however, you really have been gone for a long time. Homosexuality in any form is rampant and vibrant within the Jamaican economy(for many like yourself).
    These entertainers knows the value of freedom yet have allowed their ignorance and ego to influence their lyrics…
    THEY ARE A MINORITY……there is a lesson to be learnt from this ban, LET’S HOPE IT WORKS !!

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  19. I am a Jamaican and proud says:

    Wow. This country still has a lot of ignorant people. Anything the media says you eat it up and digest it. Jamaica probably has twice as much ( percentage wise) lesbians and gays than America does. Talk to to someone that has recently been to Jamaica and you will be enlightened. Thank you.

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