Earlier this week, The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center
and other LGBT organizations raised concerns regarding AEG Live
and Live Nation
's planned concerts by anti-gay reggae artist Buju Banton
later this year at various venues nationwide.
Banton had previously raised protests from the LGBT community thanks to violently anti-gay lyrics in his music. In a popular song released in 1988 entitled "Boom Bye Bye," Banton repeats the anti-gay slurs, "batty bwoy" and "batty man," which are equivalent to the slur "fa**ot," and says that they "have to die" and he will "shoot them in the head" or "burn them." He continues to sing this song at his concerts today. In 2006, Banton was acquitted of charges that he participated in gay bashing in Jamaica.
After hearing from hundreds of concerned members of the LGBT community, AEG Live and Live Nation announced the cancellation of all planned Buju Banton concerts. We commend everyone in the community for their quick response and AEG Live and Live Nation for pulling the plug on Banton.