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09.17.04 05:18 PM

does the source advocate gay bashing?

it would seem so, since their dancehall nominated artists are all currently under fire for lyrics that promote violence against lesbians and gay men. unfortunately it would seem that i'm an advocate since i rock the riddims of many of these artists - which of course would be so contradictory in my case. however, i understand that jamaican culture is a very different culture than either american or british, yet killing people whose orientation you feel is an abomination is simply ludicrous.

anyway, here's the story:

"(New York City) Five singers who advocate the murder of gays and lesbians have been nominated for the prestigious Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2004, to be held in Miami on October 10.

Elephant Man, Sizzla, Vybz Kartel, T.O.K., Beenie Man have been nominated in the category ‘Dancehall-reggae artist of the Year’.

All have released records variously inciting the shooting, burning, drowning and hanging of lesbians and gay men.

The nominations were announced at a time when the singers are under scrutiny by gays for their music.

Last week, The organizers of the MOBOs, Britain's urban music awards canceling the nominations of reggae superstars Elephant Man and Vybz Kartel, after they refused to apologize for their lyrics inciting the murder of lesbian and gay people. The MOBOs had been under intense pressure from British LGBT rights group Outrage. (story)

Promoting hate is illegal in Britain.

But, for gay rights groups in this country it is more difficult to attack the singers, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation says." more

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