Friday, September 29, 2006

 

Is Reggae a message of peace?

Not if it's based on Rastafarianism. And Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13. Sorry.

Well, I did it. I was alone for awhile, with a candle - a weird feeling to protest alone. It makes you feel awkward and..., well, oddly vulnerable. Talked to some kids and had some good conversations. One guy kept running by and blowing out my candle. Eventually I was joined by a couple of people. Someone else was up at the gate trying to hand out purple armbands. Pretty lame turnout compared to the ruckus on Thank Jah this morning, but it was short notice.

I was right last night. This is a generational thing.

Esteban, who protests each Friday at noon in Garberville, wanted to be there. He was going to try to talk Carol into getting us an audience with Banton. I don't know that it would have accomplished much, but anyway Esteban was unable to make it due to familial obligations. Quite frankly, I don't think I have a whole lot to say to the Banton anyways other than "stop being a dick."

I wish I'd had time to get on the phone and coax more people out, but I had to cook tonight, and the kids needed some attention. I've never really been cut out for the activist role anyway.

Quite frankly I found the spokeswoman for Banton Estelle attempted to interview to be evasive, manipulative, and annoying. I really don't want to hear about how "spiritual" Buju Banton is - Pat Robertson and Bin Laden are also spiritual. Nor do I care how great his music is. And I don't think encouraging people to pour acid over homosexuals' heads or burn them alive is in any way mitigated by the fact that he was motivated by some child molestation in the news. That he was 15 is mitigation, negated by the fact that he continues to sing it. Nor to I believe that his recent performances of the song are about telling us "where he came from." Nowhere in her statement was there any indication that he feels badly about the song, nor its impact, nor any desire to reconcile with the people he's hurt. And I've found nothing in any independent source to support her vague explanation of repudiation of the the song in 1992. I didn't even hear any recognition from her that the lyrics are patently evil, mitigated by youth or not. And Amnesty International is not about to change their minds about the evidence against him in the bashing incident by coming to a concert and listening to his music.

Oh, and as I was listening to the full interview, Estelle took a call from Heather, Carol Bruno's daughter. She claimed that Banton would not be making any apologies because he would face reprisals at home if he did so. Estelle saw fit not to report that, probably because it's patently stupid. He's not going to apologize because he hates homosexuals - plain and simple.

I'll give Carol Bruno the benefit of the doubt that she was ignorant of all this when she booked him, and probably she heard from his attorneys after canceling the show. However, since yesterday I'm hearing that there have been incidents at Reggae on the River in recent years - such that organizers in one instance felt compelled to come onto the stage and apologize to gay and lesbian members of the audience. One person to whom I spoke said "it's getting out of control."

It's a culture clash. I understand that some of these artists were raised with these bigotries. But we wouldn't tolerate it from anybody else, and it certainly undermines the notion of "one love."

Consider me seriously disillusioned.

Here are the lyric by the way.

Buju Banton - Boom Bye Bye
Boom bye bye

Boom [as in gun sound] goodbye, goodbye [as in we won’t be seeing you again, you’re dead]

Inna batty bwoy head
In a queer’s head

Rude bwoy no promote no nasty man
Rude boys don’t promote no queer men

Dem haffi dead
They have to die

Send fi di matic an
Send for the automatic [gun] and
Di Uzi instead
The Uzi instead

Shoot dem no come if we shot dem
Shoot them, don’t come if we shoot them [as in don’t come to help them]

Guy come near we
If a man comes near me
Then his skin must peel
Then his skin must peel [as in pour acid over him]

Burn him up bad like an old tire wheel
Burn him up badly, like you would burn an old tire wheel


Comments:
Buju Banton is a violent nutcase, but he's not representative of all Reggae artists or Rastafarians. From what I've read there are many different sects. Some are nutcases like Banton, and others are quite open-minded and progressive.
 
1 who ever said reggae is a message of love?

2 did it ever occur to you that the reason you were protesting alone is that your views are so out of line with virtually everyone else?

3 it is not a generational thing, it's an almost nobody gives a shit thing.

4 would you tell Natalie Manes to stop being a cunt?

5 That you had to cook says it all about you and the feminization of the American male.

6 Why link Pat Robertson with Bin laden when Jesse jackson would have been a more suitable choice?

7 If you so abhor violence, why aren't you railing against all the left wingers who call for violence against President Bush and various memebers of his administration?

8 Amnesty International is beyond contempt and a wholly discreditied organization.

9 You know why Buju won't apologize? Is mind reading another of your talents?

10 If gay bashing is an increasingly recurrent theme at reggae shows, why in the hell do gays and lesbians keep patronizing the performances?

11 Culture clash? What culture clash?

12 One Love was a song, not a statement of a people that must be adhered to.

13 Gays and lesbains. Isn't that redundant?
 
1 who ever said reggae is a message of love?

2 did it ever occur to you that the reason you were protesting alone is that your views are so out of line with virtually everyone else?

3 it is not a generational thing, it's an almost nobody gives a shit thing.

4 would you tell Natalie Manes to stop being a cunt?

5 That you had to cook says it all about you and the feminization of the American male.

6 Why link Pat Robertson with Bin laden when Jesse jackson would have been a more suitable choice?

7 If you so abhor violence, why aren't you railing against all the left wingers who call for violence against President Bush and various memebers of his administration?

8 Amnesty International is beyond contempt and a wholly discreditied organization.

9 You know why Buju won't apologize? Is mind reading another of your talents?

10 If gay bashing is an increasingly recurrent theme at reggae shows, why in the hell do gays and lesbians keep patronizing the performances?

11 Culture clash? What culture clash?

12 One Love was a song, not a statement of a people that must be adhered to.

13 Gays and lesbains. Isn't that redundant?
 
Is hip hop a message of peace?

Is metal a message of peace?

Is country a message of peace?

Is techno a message of peace?

I not only consider you disillusioned, I consider you hopelessly but dishonestly idealistic.
 
The B-man stomped the Mateel last night. He was kickin it out loud. Lay off the brother he's just making a living. Take your tired sixties shit elsewhere.
 
The image of you holding a candle and standing alone outside the Mateel where everyone else was there to have fun is pretty comical. Do you see the humor in it? (I'm guessing no.)
 
That you had to cook says it all about you and the feminization of the American male.

Bashing queers and calling women who dissent "cunts" is not a sign of manliness, but it does signify that you have been successfully socialized in the patriarchy.
 
So,Eric how many people do you think went to the show?Was Mike Jones or any of his sons there?They're gay bashers.
 
Reggae, like the '60's flower generation, has been buried alive under those lining their pockets by exploiting the idealism the people wanted and needed to hear.
This is the inevitable fate of everything good in a society where acquisition of wealth and power is the highest value.
 
Heraldo, as usual you miss the point. I said nothing about calling women who dissent cunts. I asked Eric if he would call Natalie Manes a cunt the way he calls Buju Banton a dick. It's a gross but fair question.

Patriarchy? All that recreational drug use has taken it's toll boy.
 
1 who ever said reggae is a message of love?

It's marketed that way - certainly around here.

2 did it ever occur to you that the reason you were protesting alone is that your views are so out of line with virtually everyone else?

It did occur to me last night, but I've since been corrected by a number of telephone calls.

3 it is not a generational thing, it's an almost nobody gives a shit thing.

Not according to the organizers, who claim it was mostly older folk complaining and younger folk who wanted a concert at any cost.

4 would you tell Natalie Manes to stop being a cunt?

No, because the word "cunt" carries a great deal more stigma than the word "dick," despite your lame attempt argue equivalence.

5 That you had to cook says it all about you and the feminization of the American male.

Because cooking is an inherent feminie activity? Unfortunately due to the necessity of circumstances, I don't cook nearly as often as my wife, though it's something I almost always enjoy and something she rarely enjoys. As it happens, my son had a pediatrician appointment in Arcata late in the afternoon. She was driving, I was cooking. If you ever move out of your mother's basement and get into a relationship, you'll understand.

6 Why link Pat Robertson with Bin laden when Jesse jackson would have been a more suitable choice?

To my knowledge Jesse Jackson has never called for an assassination of a foreign leader.

7 If you so abhor violence, why aren't you railing against all the left wingers who call for violence against President Bush and various memebers of his administration?

Apparently you're new to my blog.

8 Amnesty International is beyond contempt and a wholly discreditied organization.

I figure when an organization like that is being attacked from the left and right across the board, they're doing something right.

9 You know why Buju won't apologize? Is mind reading another of your talents?

No. Common sense.

10 If gay bashing is an increasingly recurrent theme at reggae shows, why in the hell do gays and lesbians keep patronizing the performances?

Because it's usually just one or two neanderthalls in a weekend full of otherwise terrific entertainment.

11 Culture clash? What culture clash?

The one I described, among many others.

12 One Love was a song, not a statement of a people that must be adhered to.

I don't have time to explain it to you.

13 Gays and lesbains. Isn't that redundant?

While the term "gay" has been used interchangeably between genders, it's more often used to describe a male homosexual.
 
Buju Banton is a violent nutcase, but he's not representative of all Reggae artists or Rastafarians. From what I've read there are many different sects. Some are nutcases like Banton, and others are quite open-minded and progressive.

I agree, but there is a streak of homophobia in Rastafari inherent in the OT based doctrine, though they have their "episcopalians" as well.
 
s hip hop a message of peace?

Is metal a message of peace?

Is country a message of peace?

Is techno a message of peace?

I not only consider you disillusioned, I consider you hopelessly but dishonestly idealistic.


I was playing on an irony of recent topics, but actually reggae does bill itself as a message of peace.
 
So,Eric how many people do you think went to the show?Was Mike Jones or any of his sons there?They're gay bashers.

Don't know Mike Jones. A lot of people were already in by the time I got there, and I don't attend many Mateel concerts so I don't know what constitutes a large turnout. There were vacant parking spaces along the street, including a couple in front of the liquor store across the street. I'm told that means a low turnout. But I have no idea myself.
 
The image of you holding a candle and standing alone outside the Mateel where everyone else was there to have fun is pretty comical. Do you see the humor in it? (I'm guessing no.)

Actually, at the time I didn't. I was kind of intimidated, particularly after a couple of awkward exchanges. But when I got home I thought about it and quite a few ironies crossed my mind - particularly in light of a piece in progress about demonstrations and their effectiveness.
 
The B-man stomped the Mateel last night. He was kickin it out loud. Lay off the brother he's just making a living. Take your tired sixties shit elsewhere.

Take the "tired sixties shit" away from the Mateel? Now I know you didn't type that with a straight face!
 
Bashing queers and calling women who dissent "cunts" is not a sign of manliness, but it does signify that you have been successfully socialized in the patriarchy.

It also signifies that he's a dick.
 
and you're a cunt, dickhead
 
Well, that creates an interesting image.
 
That you find the image of a dickhead interesting supports my contention that you have been entirely too feminized.
 
Ah well. You don't have to marry me.
 
I find it sad that you have to target Buju Banton playing at the Mateel of all things when there is so many other things going on, not only in our world, but in our small town. Have you protested all the underage drinking and driving which results in the death of our youth? Have you protested the drug addiction in our town? Or on a closer subject what about the Harley Run? I feel like that is a huge venue for not only "gay bashing" but also completly sexist towards woman,yet we let it happen year after year.I personaly believe ( and this only after being an avid dancehall fan who has fallowed Bujus career for years) that the positive things Buju has done throughout his career more than outweigh one song he wrote 14 years ago about the man/boy rapes going on in Jamaica. Heres a suggestion to all the people that dont like Buju or artists like him...dont go to his shows! Stoping a show from playing at the Mateel is censorship. Music is art and freedom of speech and expression. I dont like everything I hear on the radio or half of the shows that play here, but I am glad that we still live in a community that lets all sides have there turn.
 
Well, as you can see, I do discuss other issues. But when a violent bigot comes to play at the Mateel Center, a community institution for which I spent several years on the board, I take that very personally.

He continues to sing the song. His handler interviewed on the KMUD news last friday says he will continue to sing the song. He has not repudidiated it. And quite frankly, I believe that he was involved in the gay bashing incident for which he was charged, and eluded prosecution by intimidating the witnesses, though if he actually apologized for the song and promised not to sing it again, I would be willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

You and I both know that if a country singer who wrote similar lyrics was invited to perform at the center, there would be hell to pay. Buju is getting a pass from many SoHum residents because he plays reggae and because they don't want to acknowledge the darker aspects of the culture from which the music comes.
 
The B-man stomped the Mateel last night. He was kickin it out loud. Lay off the brother he's just making a living. Take your tired sixties shit elsewhere.
# posted by Anonymous : 7:38 AM

With HATE lyrics like his, he deserves what he will probably get: being shot to death and drowwing in his own hate-tainted blood.
 
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