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Anti-Gay Singer Buju Banton in Miami Jail on Drug Conspiracy Charges

Murder music singer Buju Banton has been jailed in Miami:

Bujubanton  "Drug Enforcement Administration agents say Banton, real name Mark Anthony Myrie, has been in custody since Thursday and will soon be transferred to Tampa, where the U.S. Attorney is charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilos of cocaine. Banton has homes both in Jamaica and Tamarac. While legions of dancehall reggae enthusiasts view Banton as one of the most prolific voices of Jamaica's poor masses, critics say he's a gay basher whose lyrics incite violence by calling for attacking and torturing homosexuals. His song 'Boom Bye Bye', a dancehall hit released in the 1990s, advocates shooting gays in the head and setting them on fire."

Numerous dates on Banton's recent tour were canceled after protest over the singer's anti-gay lyrics. In October, a group of activists from San Francisco sat down with Banton in an attempt to get the singer to understand what the anger was about, but the summit appeared to do little good, with Banton declaring shortly thereafter, "This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs 'there is no end to the war between me and faggot' and it's clear. The same night after I met with them (gay associates), they pepper-sprayed the concert. So what are you trying to tell me? I owe dem nothing, they don't owe I nothing."

Banton's recent nomination for a Grammy has also sparked an outcry, with GLAAD, Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), joining a petition drive against The Recording Academy.

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    HA HA HA

    Posted by: ggreen | Dec 13, 2009 9:52:57 AM

  2. 21 U.S.C. Sec. 846 - Conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine or more than 50 grams of crack: Not less than 10 years and not more than life in federal prison and a fine up to $4 million.

    buju gonna be somebody's bitch for at least 10 years, yay!

    Posted by: bading | Dec 13, 2009 9:57:46 AM

  3. minimum sentence = half that with parole

    Posted by: Robert | Dec 13, 2009 10:13:06 AM

  4. Poetic justice.
    Federal drug charges, and their extremely severe sentences, for this vile piece of dung.
    Bye bye, indeed.

    Posted by: Hunter | Dec 13, 2009 10:27:58 AM

  5. well looks like the will have to present the grammies in jail that should be a ratings boost.look at the audience for shows like cops gets much higher than any awards show.

    Posted by: walter | Dec 13, 2009 10:33:30 AM

  6. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.

    Posted by: Josh G. | Dec 13, 2009 10:35:21 AM

  7. Robert,
    Federal drug crimes carry mandatory sentences; the judge cannot give a lesser sentence. Also, the federal system provides only limited opportunities for probation following a conviction on a drug crime. There is also no parole in the federal justice system.

    Posted by: Hunter | Dec 13, 2009 10:47:28 AM

  8. BOOM! Bye Bye Buju!


    Posted by: JeffNYC | Dec 13, 2009 11:11:45 AM

  9. recently nominated for a Grammy... what a transparent attempt to garner publicity for their organization. Even by today's standards the action is low, low, low.

    Posted by: stephen | Dec 13, 2009 11:22:16 AM

  10. The Grammy has to be the most disposable award. Who even bothers to watch it any more? As for Buju, I hope his ass enjoys prison!

    Posted by: So Left I'm Right | Dec 13, 2009 11:39:02 AM

  11. Even though I'm opposed to the war on drugs, good. I hope he gets the maximum.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 13, 2009 11:44:28 AM

  12. I agree that this idiot's lyrics and messages are hateful and tend to chafe my butt... however,

    I think it's a little shortsighted to celebrate his imprisonment. Do you really think that 10 years in the federal slammer will do anything other than harden his core set of homophobic bullshit beliefs?

    Yeah, yeah, I get the schadenfreude but it's not like he's going to do anything other than stew in his own vile hate for 10 years.

    Posted by: dan | Dec 13, 2009 11:45:09 AM

  13. WTG Miami!

    The only thing I dread (pardon the pun) is the possibility of this scum getting off on a technicality.

    As for Buju stewing "in his own vile hate for 10 years" -- who cares, long as they get him off the street and out of concert halls. I'm also gratified that those who support him will see what he's doing with their money.

    Posted by: sparks | Dec 13, 2009 11:56:31 AM

  14. Karma is a bitch. Now he's going to be someone's bitch.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Dec 13, 2009 12:36:45 PM

  15. At least we can count on hopefully having some of his banter, if not all, for a decade stopped...what a disreputable sub-human this man is...how sad really, how sad, that to succeed he has to trample on the innocent!

    Posted by: Arturo Beeche | Dec 13, 2009 1:24:30 PM

  16. Bub-bye crack head! Enjoy your time in jail where you belong!!!

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 13, 2009 2:03:36 PM

  17. HAHAHAHAHAHA - guess we know now why he was so worried about gay sex.


    Posted by: TJ | Dec 13, 2009 2:58:45 PM

  18. Why do such bad things happen to such good people?

    Why, God, WHY????????????

    Posted by: Bill | Dec 13, 2009 3:44:21 PM

  19. Question: he is a citizen of Jamaica, isn't he, and not a US citizen? Assuming he is convicted and serves his time, would he ever be allowed to return and perform in the US? I was under the impression that non-citizens convicted of laws in the US would not be granted re-entry? Is this incorrect?

    Some sort of plea bargain that prevented him from ever returning to the US would be just fine by me.

    Posted by: Grey | Dec 13, 2009 4:11:14 PM

  20. Pepsi sponsored Beenie Man and Buju sponsored Coke.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Dec 13, 2009 6:30:11 PM

  21. Do try and get ahold of Isacc Julien's excellent documentary about reggae homophobia "A Darker Shade of Black." In it he exposes the fact that "Buju" began his career as a rent boy.

    Therefore getting fucked will be no new experience for him -- though the setting will be quite different.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 13, 2009 7:25:05 PM

  22. Grey,
    If he is a not a US citizen and he gets convicted of drug trafficking he will be deported to Jamaica and will permanently barred from re-entry to the United States as an alien convicted of an aggravated felony.
    This could very well be his last visit to the United States.

    Posted by: Hunter | Dec 13, 2009 7:37:01 PM

  23. In the immortal words of Nelson from the Simpsons: "AH HAAA!"


    Posted by: Derek Washington | Dec 13, 2009 7:42:30 PM

  24. Although strong opposed to this "war on drugs" and even more so to federal minimums over which Judges have no judicial discretion, all I can say is - Right On Mother Fucker!

    You're tight little ass is going to learn quite a lot about "faggots" in the next ten to twenty.

    Posted by: dave02657 | Dec 13, 2009 8:55:29 PM

  25. Gee, I hope nothing unpleasant happens to him during his incarceration.

    Posted by: interested bystander | Dec 13, 2009 8:56:33 PM

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