Not only did Buju Banton refuse to agree to anything when he met with gay rights activists in San Francisco, he’s now throwing up an iron wall — and declaring war. In an interview with a Jamaican talk show, the homophobic reggae artists says he’s still in “a fight” with the Gs. And is pleased to be engaged in battle.
Sure, Buju held a sit-down with Michael Petrelis and Equality California before his San Fran concert went on, but after someone in the audience gassed attendees with pepper spray, Buju says he’s definitely not going to make nice. (Nevermind that he doesn’t know who sprayed the gas.)
Says the singer: “This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs ‘there is no end to the war between me and faggot’ and it’s clear. The same night after I met with [gay activists], they pepper-sprayed the concert. So what are you trying to tell me? I owe dem nothing, they don’t owe I nothing.”
So why’d he agree to the mini-summit anyhow? Financial pressure, yo: “It is not about boxing food out my mouth, if a that I would have surrendered to the system a long time ago. The mayor of San Francisco, or the mayor-to-be, claimed that I was in his district and that it was imperative for him and his organisation to meet with me to further see what kind of personality or character (I have).”
And lest you think Buju is going to make another effort to play nice with queers — activists “reportedly want the proceeds from Boom Bye Bye to be donated to J-FLAG” — he’s not: “Them come with demands which I and I a go flop dem right now, because give thanks to my culture and upbringing I coulda never endorse them things. I can’t sell myself out, neither would I do that in a thousand years. I love everyone in the world. I don’t love no special group from another group. There are other needy organisations out there.”
Maybe he doesn’t have to. Buju is already moving canceled concerts to other venues that will host him, and it’s not impacting his pockets. He says this American tour is his most profitable yet.