Capleton Not to Perform in SF; Protests in Santa Cruz

SF's Reggae in the Park Just One Incidence of Avoidance of Homophobic Reggae Artists

On September 13th, organizers of San Francisco's Reggae In The Park announced that they dropped a controversial Jamaican singer following complaints from queer activists in SF and beyond. In some of Capleton's lyrics, he has espoused hanging, drowning, burning, or shooting gays. Capleton issued an apology to San Franciso gays in an effort to head off a threatened demonstration. "I do not advocate violence or abuse against anyone, nor do I support prejudice, bigotry or discrimination," he said in a statement. "It bothers me deeply to hear that some of my past lyrics, which I no longer perform in concert, have been interpreted as offensive to gay and lesbian communities." Gay community activists called it insufficient and too late. Organizers of the event apparently agreed, decided that he would be disinvited to perform.

Capleton was scheduled to be one of the headline acts at Reggae in the Park, which is a fundraiser for Global Exchange to be held in Sharon Meadow on October 2nd and 3rd. Instead, during that weekend, Capleton has made plans to head to Santa Cruz for a concert at the popular nightclub Catalyst. Gay activists there vowed to protest the concert of the Jamaican native. They are calling for public pressure in advance of the concert, and if this fails, protest on Sunday, October 3rd. Santa Cruz Indymedia Report

San Francisco is not the only city in which a Capleton show has been cancelled-- Read more on Indybay's Arts and Action Page

365gay.com reports that in May, Amnesty International stated that at a reggae concert in Jamaica, Capleton and other performers "sang almost exclusively about gay men. Using the derogatory terms for gay men - 'chi chi men' or ‘'battybwoys’ - they urged the audience to ‘kill dem, battybwoys haffi dead, gun shots pon dem. Who want to see dem dead, put up his hand’". Amnesty International Launches Global Action to Combat Homophobic Violence in Jamaica

Amnesty International's Music for Human Rights

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