Beenie Man & Sizzla in alliance with Stop Murder Music Campaign


By: C.J.
Photos by: Carlington Wilmot

beeniemansizzla_gaycommunity_sexygirls.jpgBob Marley said when the music hits you'll feel no pain. This is somewhat the mission of Gay-rights activist Peter Thatchell and his Stop Murder Music campaign. His recently launched Reggae Compassionate Act, states they "respect and uphold the rights of all individuals to live without violence due to their religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or gender."

International Reggae artistes Beenie Man and Sizzla agree. Reliable sources disclosed that both historically anti-gay artistes have signed a new agreement that encourage the global community to enjoy their music without fear of violence. The overall gist of the agreement resonates that "there's no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia." Therefore, they are in a contractual agreement, "not to make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community."

Thatchell acknowledges that although the Act is a first step, it represents a quantum leap in combating a history of aggressive homophobic attitudes and lyrics within the reggae/dancehall genre. He explained that, "The Reggae Compassionate Act is a big breakthrough. The singers' rejection of homophobia and sexism is an important milestone. We rejoice at their new commitment to music without prejudice. Having these major reggae stars renounce homophobia will influence their fans and the wider public to rethink bigoted attitudes."

Even though sources have confirmed that Beenie Man and Sizzla are a part of the Stop Murder Music Campaign; there is a glaring omission of other artistes with anti-gay lyrics who have yet to sign up for the campaign, including TOK, Capleton, Elephant Man, Bounty Killa, Vybz Kartel, and Buju Banton.

We caught up with Capleton briefly and he thinks that his fellow artistes did not sign such an agreement. However, he is unaware of such an Act. According to the fireman King Shango, "eeh eeh, no one has contacted me and I don't know what this is all about."

At current press time, we were unable to reach Beenie Man and Sizzla for comments. As soon as Yardflex gets it from the horses’ mouth, it will be in print. This is definitely an interesting story to follow as many of these prominent artiste have been losing fans, funds and following due to their stance on the lesbian and gay lifestyle. Sizzla had Tours in Europe cancelled as a result of groups like OutRage' lobby. OutRage is a direct action campaigning group in the United Kingdom, which was formed to fight for the rights of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

According to OutRage, in April 2002, it was Sizzla who, at a reggae concert in Chicago boasted that he kills queers; and also incited the audience to murder gays and lesbians: "mi nuh go tek back mi chat... mi kill sodomite and ba**yman dem bring aids and disease pon people... shot an kill dem, mi nuh go tek back mi chat." Again, for those astist like Sizzla Kolanji and Beenie Man, their public words and militant stance against gays and lesbian may comeback to haunt their careers.