A nightclub has canceled a performance by Buju Banton, a reggae star whose violent lyrics about gays and lesbians have made him a controversial figure, after receiving complaints from patrons.
E-mail messages and phone calls from concerned customers prompted the cancellation of the Oct. 2 show, said Adam Manacker, general manager of the Highland nightclub and restaurant.
“We felt it was the right thing to do after doing some research on the matter,” Manacker said.
Full refunds will be given.
In July, concerts featuring Banton and Beenie Man were canceled in Britain after activists said both artists refused to stop using anti-gay lyrics. Two of Banton’s songs released early in his career, “Batty Rider” and “Boom Bye Bye,” glorify the shooting of gay men.
Banton’s L.A. show has now been rescheduled to October 3rd at the Century Club in Century City.
Banton has incited a considerable amount of international controversy because of his 1992 song “Boom Bye Bye” which calls for violence against homosexuals — including shooting them in the head, pouring acid over them and setting them on fire. As a result, Banton was forced by his label to issue a statement; nevertheless he refused to apologize, citing his Rastafarian religion, citing the Bible (Leviticus 18:22 & 20:13) as the basis for his beliefs. Banton still performs the song, notably at the Smirnoff Festival in Negril, Jamaica 8 August 2004. As a consequence, Banton’s concerts are often met with protesting crowds and calls for cancellation.
UPDATE: Banton’s San Francisco Mezzanine show later this month has also been cancelled (thanks CD).
(Photo courtesy of Gargamel Music.)