Tuesday, July 24th, 2007 at 9:32 am
"There’s no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia,” Beenie said in a statement.
Everything flew to a head last year when Buju was slated to perform at a benefit concert and protesters rallied to have the show cancelled. Buju’s homophobic song, “Boom Bye Bye,” a hit in the 90’s, details the shooting of gay men in the head, pouring acid on them and burning them alive. Protesters have actually caused Buju to get dropped from several concerts in the last few years.
"I can see why he’s done it,” reggae artist DJ Kemist told NME.com. “He doesn’t want to jeopardize his whole career over just a few songs. But it doesn’t mean it’s going to change any of his opinions."