Canadian Politico Underfire For Anti-Gay Banton Concert


Canadian immigration minister Diane Finley finds herself in some gay shit this morning. Activists have come out against Finley for her role in allowing dance hall singer Buju Banton into the country.

Gay and human rights activists have been leading a three year campaign protest Banton and his “murder music,” which advocates beating and murdering gay folk. The Stop Murder Music campaign has successfully thwarted a number of Banton’s and others’ concerts, but apparently Finley hadn’t heard, because she allowed Banton into Canada to perform.

And, again, activists are pissed:

…Finley has been accused of being more concerned about getting re-elected than addressing the concerns of the LGBT community. The country is in the middle of a general election campaign.

“The Minister has abdicated her duties by allowing Buju Banton into the country and as a result has provided him with a platform to incite murder,” said Akim Larcher, spokesperson for Stop Murder Music (Canada).

“Buju Banton has continued to perform ‘murder music’ whilst on tour in the Caribbean and has recently said that gays and lesbians are part of social decay.”

Stop Murder Music is particularly angry over Banton’s song “Boom Bye Bye,” which specifically calls for anti-gay violence. That song was released in 1988, when Banton was fifteen.