From the Independent of London, a disturbing interview with Beenie Man—the dancehall star who has created controversy after advocating the execution of gays and lesbians. "I'm not homophobic!" he insists, saying the true meaning of his anti-gay lyrics are lost in translation. Here is his rationalization for lyrics such as, "Well I'm think of a new Jamaica, me come to execute all of the gays."
Jamaica is not against gay people. Gay means consented sex. What we have in Jamaica is not what it is in England where two men live together. In Jamaica, gay is rape. It's a big man with their money going into the ghetto and picking these little youth who ain't got nothing...Nobody sees the youth get raped, and throat cut.
C'mon. Equating gays with pedophiles is an age-old argument that is patently ridiculous. The vast majority of child molestation cases are adult men vs underage girls—in Jamaica that is also true. An even larger problem for Jamaican boys is random violence and murder, often gang- and drug-related, which the performer seems unwilling to address. "Why aren't his views about paedophiles more explicit in his music?" the interviewer says rhetorically. "And how is the listener meant to differentiate between the use of derogatory terms?"
Yes, those would have been great questions to ask—but they never were. Even more alarming is another disturbing quote that was unchecked, when Beenie Man discusses anti-gay violence in his homeland such as the 2004 murder of gay activist Brian Williamson: " 'Gay men are dead all over the world,' he shrugs, crossing his arms. 'One gay man's dead in Jamaica, so what's the difference?' "
Beenie Man: 'I'm Not Homophobic' (Independent)
Report: Violence in Jamaica 2004 (UNICEF)
Previously:Justice, Jamaican Style (Rod 2.0) GA Atty Genl Candidate: Gay = "Pedophiles" (Rod 2.0) Lesbian Murder in Jamaica (Jasmyne Cannick) Jamaican AIDS Activist Murdered (Blabbeando) Black Republican: Gays=Criminals (Rod 2.0) LIFEbeat Latest (Rod 2.0) The Most Homophobic Place on Earth? (Rod 2.0) Buju Banton Pro/Con (Rod 2.0) Beenie Man and Buju Banton Cancelled (Rod 2.0) Who Killed Ambassador Peter King? (Rod 2.0) The Most Homophobic Place on Earth? (Rod 2.0) Bloodlust at UWI (Rod 2.0)