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News Report from Jamaica Reveals Homophobic Mob

Two weeks ago I posted about an ugly situation in Jamaica where three gay men had been cornered in a St. Andrew pharmacy by an angry homophobic mob. When the men were led to the safety of patrol cars by police, they were stoned.

Here's a fuzzy news report which reveals the extent of the sick frenzy surrounding the incident.

KbmI pulled the video from a hateful Jamaican blog which advocated, among other things, that homosexuals should die. The blog, Killbattyman.blogspot.com had been tagged with a warning page and was apparently pulled offline by Google, which owns the Blogger hosting service, this morning. I was able to grab the address for this video before it went dark. The illustration here was the lovely logo of the site.

Before it was pulled, Google had placed an interstitial page in front of the site which read: "Some readers of this blog have contacted Google because they believe this blog's content is hateful. In general, Google does not review nor do we endorse the content of this or any blog."

UK news outlet Pink News brought the site to the attention of the British Association of Chief Police Officers who immediately condemned the site, saying "ACPO condemn this completely. This is not the sort of thing we want anyone reading on the internet."

The site called for the death of high-profile gay men including designers Dolce & Gabbana and Outrage! UK activist Peter Tatchell. It also mocked the recent stoning of three Jamaican gay men by a homophobic mob outside a pharmacy in St. Andrew, as seen in the video above and in my recent post.

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  1. the "velvet mafia", if it has any power, needs to reduce Jamaica to economic dust while advocating US political asylum for Jamaica GLBT citizens.
    Yo, David Geffen................

    Posted by: zabadak | Feb 26, 2007 11:25:37 AM


  2. I normally don't resort to Internet slang, but LOL, LMAO, ROTF LMAO and other suitable, cheesy initialisms.

    I "cached" Killbattyman.blogspot.com and, taken as parody, it's actually funny as hell. The blogger(s) count every finite minutae "gay behaviour" as wrong, even when the source is not gay. Even 50 Cent is on their shit list because of the way he posed for a fashion mag! LL Cool J sticks out his tongue in concert and he is labeled as a "homo." Oh man. And check out their spelling, which indicates the bloggers education level.

    The homophobe blogger should go on Howard Stern or hook up with Borat. I'm sure the irony would go over his or her head.

    Posted by: PC | Feb 26, 2007 11:57:13 AM


  3. It's so vile it's almost laughable. It deserves the sort of satirical derision with which it's treated on this site. They're pitiable creatures. Also ironic that such hatred can come from a 'maligned' sector of society.

    Posted by: Loppy | Feb 26, 2007 12:42:05 PM


  4. Why is Caribbean culture general homophobic? I often wonder, especially after the recent occurrences in St. Maarten and Jamaica.

    Posted by: Cory | Feb 26, 2007 12:46:38 PM


  5. Carribean culture has the Victorian influence of the British Commonwealth to thank for its retention of violent hatred towards gays and lesbians. They take homophobia to a new level and this may be a result of their resentment for submission to a colonial power. History teaches us that many that are oppressed can become the worst oppressors of whom they feel are weak in order to compensate for their own self-hatred.

    Posted by: Gary | Feb 26, 2007 12:54:36 PM


  6. IT'S 2007! And LGBT are still not safe. Keep fighting for equality.

    Posted by: Jack! | Feb 26, 2007 1:00:11 PM


  7. They are homophobic because of heavy influx of Christianity in the 19th century. Interesting that the culture there was much as it was through CALA prior to the missionaries arriving and our own native Americans prior to us colonizing; generally they considered a man preferring other men to be something sacred. Christians squashed that (along with things like general nuditiy). Unfortuantly 2 centuries of Christian inbreeding has removed all hope of changing thier ways.

    I have to agree with the thoughts of this thread; that other than blue water and white sand, this region of the world leaves little to be desired (well... other than Ricky Martin, perhaps). I like the Bahamas, but Key West offers as much enjoyment in an openly gay-welcoming environment.

    I have always been dubious of Jamacia; even before I came out, something just struck me as wrong with the island country. In the mid 1980's, I celebrated a major weight loss / body building achievement by taking myself to a resort. Back then, when I thought myself as "straight" and looking at places like Hedonism, Sandal's and other Jamacian resorts, I recall general warnings about going "off campus" on that island, that there were known problems. I elected on Club Med on Paradise Island (exceptional back then) in the Bahamas. Now these problems with attacks in Jamacia are getting a lot of publicity, thanks to things like the Internet and the journalist that was attacked a few years back. Each year there are more reports, more problems. I belive that their society and government support and feed the hatred (look at the Rastafarian music that has been coming out).

    There has to be more of a conserted effort to impact these neolithic morons than boyotting. Unless you travel there, or arrange travel there on a regular basis, a boycott by the gay population is pointless (as I mentioned before, why go to places like that when you have Key West accessable by car?).

    We could boycott rum. Something that ALL of us can do when we are out being social. Something they export. For those of you taking a puff of two, you can also boycott smoking pot from Jamaica. Just some ideas...

    Rad

    Posted by: Rad | Feb 26, 2007 1:11:40 PM


  8. Whatever the reason for their homophobia, it is time that they suffered economically for their backwardness. I for one will not travel to any country where this type of behavior is allowed to flourish by the government.

    Posted by: ok | Feb 26, 2007 1:39:59 PM


  9. Revolting, backward people.I have no pity for such trash.

    Posted by: Nikko | Feb 26, 2007 3:33:21 PM


  10. Google has gotten rid of the cached page for this so I didn't get to see it. Wayback machine has only one page from April of last year but what I saw was SICK!

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 26, 2007 4:27:19 PM


  11. This MAY be the stupid cunt who posted the video under "comedy."

    http://www.fiwishop.com/cpg/cpg1/profile.php?uid=146

    Posted by: POWER | Feb 26, 2007 4:47:27 PM


  12. It has another blog out there:

    http://killbattyman.typepad.com/my_weblog/

    Will Typepad take it down?

    Posted by: Damien Tilden | Feb 26, 2007 4:50:34 PM


  13. Is that site for real? It seems more like a joke the way the latch onto anything and everything and label it "gay." The Brawny paper towel man? WTF?

    Posted by: Je | Feb 26, 2007 5:14:04 PM


  14. Ok, I just went to back to that site and I'm convinced that it has to be a parody of some sort. It's just too over the top and ridiculous to be believed. Between the Brawny man, the "quote" for Peter Tatchell, the Burger King king and Batty Fact #1 there's just no way anyone could take that site seriously.

    *This is not a statement on the very real and prevalent homophobia in the Caribbean.

    Posted by: Je | Feb 26, 2007 5:27:14 PM


  15. I guess those who blame European colonialism and/or Christianity for the Jamaican Carribean homophobia are doing their best to still try to label homophobia a Caucasian (or Caucasian-sourced) hatred. (They probably also ultimately blame white people for the homophobia of Hardaway, Isaiah Washington, and so many African countries). Get a grip on reality, fellahs.

    Posted by: Joe T. | Feb 26, 2007 6:44:17 PM


  16. Joe T,

    My. My. So now Hardaway and Washington equal African countries. Is there anything else you care to share with the group?

    Posted by: James | Feb 26, 2007 7:12:59 PM


  17. Yeah, I'd also like to share that the Anthos killer, if caught, will get more attention from the politically correct press if he's white than if the killer is black, Hispanic, or Arab.

    Posted by: Joe T. | Feb 26, 2007 7:48:59 PM


  18. Joe T,

    Anything else? Please continue because it is so riveting!

    Posted by: James | Feb 26, 2007 7:51:12 PM


  19. Jamaica is incredibly complex. Even as we gather to beat queer men, we line up to watch a play which features (a) a man in drag, (b) a guy who declares in one scene that his sexual identity is "on the borderline"

    Peep my blog at http://butseeyah.blogspot.com/ for pix of the mob incident.

    Posted by: JamaicanFunk | Feb 26, 2007 7:56:23 PM


  20. I don't think what I say is "riveting" at all. They're not new theories. Most people with sense understand what I'm saying, whether they agree with me 100 percent or only partially.

    Posted by: Joe T. | Feb 26, 2007 8:00:02 PM


  21. So, you speak for most people?

    Posted by: FanGirlHater | Feb 26, 2007 8:46:26 PM


  22. JamaicanFunk your blog on this issue was pertinent and thought-provocking. It can be a little simplistic to label the entire Jamaican culture as homophobic based on this incident, but it's often more complex than that..

    The idea that this bashing might have been "blood sport" for the crowds involved seems fitting (though we're mostly inclined to view it as a hate crime from our standpoint) - But it's clearly not just about gay hate...It could have been a thief, an adulterer, a street kid, a foreigner, or just about anyone who'd been labelled "persona non grata" at that moment, and I'm sure they would have been the recipient of the crowd's ire.

    It still doesn't excuse what happened, but it's obvious this is a crowd of disempowered people who will welcome any scapegoats they can -- And who is really to blame are the authorities and the police, because this kind of scenes work for them in so many ways: It's distraction and coverup.

    So all the police has to do is come in like the big guys pretending to break the fight for the victim's sake, yet they won't have to go after any culprits (how could they? it's 'everyone'!!). In turns it sends the message to the masses that they're not as powerless as they think: whenever they feel frustrated about that job situation or the kid who doesn't have shoes that fit, they just gotta haunt down a 'batty man' and the police will understand. How convenient..

    Now if the authorities were to actually do their JOB, they would risk having people turn their focus back on them and ask the hard questions..such as "where did all that corruption money go??"

    Posted by: Da | Feb 26, 2007 9:03:19 PM


  23. We should organize. Let's start a blog grass roots boycott of Jamaican or Jamaican related products. We're literally ignored in the national news when brutally killed in the streets of Detroit; we are witnessing gay hating condoned mobs. I recall the impact the undocumented protests had on many levels.
    We need to demand accountability for acts such as these, nationally and internationally. A boycott of Jamaican financial interests.
    Let's call it "JAMAICA FIRST". The goal is a gay muscle flexing Blog challenge, create the first gay blog boycott., email, seek out products and and pass the word.
    JAMAICA FIRST! (There will be others)

    Posted by: Anthony Look | Feb 26, 2007 11:59:48 PM


  24. Thank you Towleroad for highlighting this terrible blog.

    What struck me were the links top right

    viz:-

    Links & Useful Tools

    * + Heckler & Koch
    * + Kill like a Jew: The Uzi
    * + Catch dem and light dem!
    * + Smith & Wesson
    * + Drive over them!

    Kill like a Jew must be antisemitic surely!

    I e-mailed all I could at Google and within a short time it was removed along with the other blog http://killbattyman.typepad.com/my_weblog/

    this has also gone.

    As for boycotting Jamaica or Jamaican goods

    I don't agree. We need to teach them sexual and racial tollerance.

    Far better to book holiday resorts on Jamaica and then in a couple of days cancel

    stating that I couldn't possible visit a country that was so backwards.

    keep up the great work and hello from
    London UK

    Posted by: Frank | Mar 2, 2007 4:30:23 PM


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