NEUMOS TO HOST MUSICIAN BUJU BANTON WHO OPENLY CALLS FOR SHOOTING GAYS IN THE HEAD, POURING ACID ON THEM AND LIGHTING THEM ON FIRE.
Dancehall musician Buju Banton, is set to perform
Community activists have called upon Neumos to cancel the event and have scheduled the below community meeting and protest. In addition we are asking all concerned citizens to contact
Neumos as well as their elected officials.
Neumos is located right in the center of Capital Hill which is home to many Gay and Lesbian establishments and residents; therefore safety is a major concern. What are Seattle’s elected offices and police force doing to insure that local residents are protected from concert goers who share Buju Banton’s call for the torture and murder of gays?
Seattle Stop Buju Banton, organizing meeting Tuesday, September 26, 2006 to begin at 7 pm, Seattle LGBT Community Center - 1115 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122, 206.323.5428
Pre-Concert Community Protest Outside of Neumos, Wednesday, September 27, 2006 to begin at 7:30pm, 925 E. Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122, (Buju Banton's performance
Banton's big hit song, “Boom Bye Bye,” incites the execution-style killing of gay and lesbian people. He urges listeners to shoot gays in the head, pour acid over them, set them alight, and burn them like car tires (see attached ,the Jamaican patios lyrics are followed, line by line, by translations into Standard English)..
Banton does not merely express his disapproval of homosexuality. He calls for all homosexuals to be killed and incites his listeners to go
By giving Banton any kind of platform, Neumos is colluding with a performer who wants gays and lesbians dead. It is our belief that no mainstream club would book performers who call for the death of other groups of people. Even if Banton agrees not to sing his “Boom Bye Bye” song at the Neumos, it would still be wrong to have him on the stage. Singers who incite the murder of gay people (or anyone else) should be shunned, not rewarded. Take the example of a singer with neo-Nazi sympathies, who had previously released a song calling for the gassing of Jews. Would Neumos host them if they promised not to sing their anti-Semitic diatribes? We think not.