“Pro-Gay” Banton Backs Down?

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Well, that didn’t last long. Buju Banton‘s management team denies the reggae singer signed the so-called Reggae Compassion Act, through which signatories pledge to combat anti-gay lyrics in dancehall, dub and reggae music.

According to a report in yesterday’s Guardian, Banton signed a three year contract with the Stop Murder Campaign. By signing that queer contract, Banton would promise to “uphold a philosophy of love, respect and understanding towards all human beings as the cornerstone of reggae.” A fairly simply promise, we think.

Banton’s proverbial “people” however, say otherwise he never signed. It’s just a bunch of gay lies.

Via Radio Jamaica:

The management team of dancehall artiste, Mark Myrie, popularly known as Buju Banton, has dismissed a report in Monday’s edition of the UK Guardian stating that he has signed an agreement with a gay rights group.

…Buju’s manager Donovan Germaine dismissed the report out of hand.

He added that the management team would not comment further on the issue as it was being used by the gay rights group to gain mileage for their cause.

Buju Banton now joins Beenie Man in denying gay dealings. What’s interesting is that both men’s denials – we wrote on B.M.’s yesterday – appear in Jamaican Press. Perhaps they’re covering their asses on one of the world’s least gay-friendly nations – and, not incidentally, big buyers of their music…