www.glaad.org/bujubantonpetitionGLAAD called on community members and allies to contact the Recording Academy (Grammy Awards) and sign an online petition protesting the Grammy nomination of reggae singer Buju Banton’s ninth album “Rasta Got Soul,” and urging Recording Academy members to not support his nomination. The petition can be viewed here:
According to reports, the Jamaican has a long-standing reputation for inciting anti-gay sentiment (his 1992 single “Boom Bye Bye” proposes pouring acid on gays and shooting them in the head with an Uzi.
Meanwhile, internet reports buzzed when a rep for Recording Academy, which oversees the Grammy Awards, said on Dec. 7 “The Recording Academy and the Grammy Awards have a long history of supporting freedom of speech and creative expression, and of supporting artists and the music they create. Artists of a variety of political or cultural perspectives have been nominated or featured on the telecast, despite protests and backlash. The Academy acknowledges that there are very strong and diverse opinions on many issues and in many instances, we have helped initiate dialogue on matters that require education and further discussion. It takes tolerance to teach tolerance, and it is through dialogue and debate that social discovery may occur. The Grammy Awards is a celebration and recognition of outstanding musical achievement by music makers, regardless of politics, and that will continue to be our mission.”
“Reggae singer Buju Banton’s anti-gay lyrics and the climate of hatred they create are a threat to the safety of gay and transgender people everywhere,” said Jarrett Barrios, President of GLAAD. “In a climate of increased anti-gay violence in this country and Banton’s home country of Jamaica, it is deeply disappointing that the Recording Academy would choose to laud the work of a singer who has advocated violence against the gay community.”
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