Anti-Gay Lyrics Get Artists Boot

Elephant Man, Sizzla Shows Stomped

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Elephant Man and Sizzla’s anti-gay pasts caught up with them.

The dance hall performers’ promises to steer clear of homophobic lyrics apparently fell on deaf ears, because Toronto’s Kool Haus canceled their respective performances.

Entertainers Elephant Man and Sizzla were scheduled to perform last Friday night and Oct. 5 respectively, but both Jamaicans have been under fire from human rights organizations who say their lyrics are homophobic and incite violence against gays.

Akim Larcher, founder of Stop Murder Music Canada – a coalition made up of 20 organizations that promote human rights – says the federal government has remained silent in this issue.

“They shouldn’t have been allowed to get visas to perform in the country. It’s not about censorship or artistic freedom. That stops when hate propaganda is involved,” says Larcher.

Sizzla had previously signed the Reggae Compassion Act, but apparently he didn’t stick to his hateful word.