Activists work to cancel rest of Buju’s tour
After convincing two of the nation’s largest music promoters to cancel seven shows by a reggae performer with an anti-gay history, gay activists are trying to shut down two dozen MORE concerts – by Buju Banton.
Some of Banton’s songs have been called “murder music” for explicitly advocating the killing of gays and lesbians. Banton claims those songs are all in the past. But last week, promoters AEG and Live Nation to cancel seven dates on Banton’s fall tour, on the urging of Chicago’s Gay Liberation Network and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center.
But Banton has more than 20 dates still scheduled. Both groups are now urging gay rights supporters to call these smaller venues and ask them to cancel as well. Even if they don’t, Andy Thayer from the Gay Liberation Network says it could still be a victory.
Thayer: “If activists take it upon themselves to organize protests outside of these venues, that will be important as well, because it will be sending a message to the venues that there is going to be a price to be paid in terms of their bad reputation.”
Thayer says today’s gay activists need to tarnish Banton’s name, like activists in the late 70s did to anti-gay performer Anita Bryant.
Thayer: “People need to get on the horn right now. Start facebooking, start e-mailing. Really, the best thing that people could do would be to remove the power that he has over us by diminishing his career the way that we did with Anita Bryant a generation ago.”
A list of Banton’s remaining concerts and contact information for those venues is available at gay-liberation-dot-net-slash-murder-music.