Dancehall DJ Beenie Man has officially become the first reggae artist to denounce violence against gays. He stated in a video message that he wishes to clear up any doubt about his position concerning homophobic lyrics appearing in many of his old songs.
In the video, Beenie makes his assertion clear: “I respect all human beings, including gay and lesbian.”
This latest announcement comes as Rototom Sunsplash drafted up the Reggae Compassionate Act in 2007, which is an agreement that has been supported by reggae promoters and activists to Stop Murder Music.
In the agreement, artists will commit themselves not to sing or make public statements in Jamaica or any other country in the world that could encourage prejudice, hatred or violence against gay or lesbian people.
We are happy that Beenie Man has stepped up and taken responsibility for his past insensitive lyrics, hopefully more reggae artists will do the same.