Anti-gay reggae gets some mainstream play over at Time, where journo Christopher Thompson takes a look at the so-called Reggae Compassion Act: an alliance of rasta men and women dedicated to eradicating homophobic lyrics in the historically sunny genre.
Beenie Man and Buju Banton have reportedly signed – and denied signing – the act, but some of Jamaica’s music makers ain’t about to join the Stop Murder Campaign, which spear headed the act. Britain-based songster Vincent Nap tells Thompson:
In Jamaica we grew up in a homophobic society and the Bible is what we go by. You can’t expect us to turn around like our religion doesn’t matter.
British activist Peter Tatchell counteracts Nap’s assertion, reminding readers – and listeners – “The struggle for lesbian and gay human rights. is a universal one.” If only people would pay attention, they could get a good thing going on.