Peter Tatchell Takes On Singers' Queer Contentions

Beenie, Buju Bullshitting On Gay Pledge Denial?

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Beenie Man and Buju Banton are living in a state of denial, says Peter Tatchell.

One of the activists behind the Reggae Compassion Act, through which signatories pledge to eradicate homophobic lyrics from their tracks, Tatchell wants to set the record straight on B.M. and Banton’s involvement. The Stop Murder Campaign – which organized the RCA – claims both singers signed the act, but Beenie Man and Banton both claim otherwise.

Banton repudiated rumors on Radio Jamaica. Beenie Man, meanwhile, told Jamaica Observer he never jumped on the pro-gay band wagon. Tatchell, however, wonders if the men are playing publicity games:

These denials are absurd. We are not sure whether this is a case of misreporting, spin by their management, or a genuine recantation. What is absolutely certain is that these artists have signed the Reggae Compassion Act, we have their signatures on the agreement. The signatures have been authenticated as genuine. Any attempt to deny that the artists have signed this agreement will just make them look dishonest, duplicitous and downright ridiculous.

We’ve included the signed RCA below. While it seems the men did, in fact, sign on to fight homophobia, their autographs mean nothing if their not willing to take action.

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