Tuesday, May 22, 2012


The Jamaican music community has been buzzing since the release of a video statement by Dancehall legend, Beenie Man last week in which he confirmed his stance regarding gay and lesbian critics who’ve long hounded him throughout his career with regards to lyrical content.

Last week Wednesday, the self-professed King of the Dancehall unveiled a YouTube video via the Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival’s official page in which he insisted that he had no personal issues with homosexuals and respected all human beings.

He also urged gay and lesbian critics to stop attacking him for songs he did two decades ago which contained controversial lyrical content addressing the issue of homosexuality.Beenie’s apparent apology to homosexuals drew the eyre of his long-time rival,Bounty Killer who tweeted several statements criticizing the move, one of which read,  

 "Your view is your view, everyone have the right to their opinion. Giving an apology simple mean you stoop to their level and have second thoughts of your opinion, so simply you never believe in your opinion from first."

However, other prominent Dancehall musicians rushed to Beenie Man’s defense such as internationally acclaimed producer, Cordel ‘Skatta’ Burrell, who insisted that all judgment should be left to God when it’s all said and done.

"Instead of dancehall uniting, we have allowed it to progress to the point where the gay society are able to target our shows and venues and are successful in preventing us from performing and earning a living. If Beenie Man gets up and apologizes then nothing is wrong. We are hypocrites, because even though we say we are a homophobic society, Jamaica is in the top 10 Caribbean countries with the most gays. We have bigger issues than condemning Beenie Man," he told the Jamaica STAR.

Reggae legend, Tony Rebel echoed similar sentiments, intimating that entertainers should be wary of the lyrics that they sing in order to avoid similar predicaments.Read more at Examiner.com

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