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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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  1. The change.org petition needs to specify that the Grammy nomination should be REVOKED. (This is independent of the drug arrest matter.)

    Posted by: KDJ | Dec 13, 2009 9:51:31 PM

  2. sweet

    Posted by: tg | Dec 13, 2009 11:45:21 PM

  3. yea he's on his way out here and never to return.

    Posted by: Exclusive Media News | Dec 14, 2009 1:23:12 AM

  4. We've got to presume Buju Banton to be innocent until he is convicted. These are federal charges and it is 11 pounds of cocaine or more.

    It may be a little slow coming to trial, but it will probably be quicker than in Jamaica where it took two years for Buju to be arrested after the alleged 2004 gay-bashing assault of six gay men that left one man blind in one eye. Something like 12 armed assailants were involved.

    Case never came to trial because victims were afraid to testify. Afraid for their lives. (And with good reason). Details are in the Time Magazine article "The Most Homophobic Place on Earth?" http://tinyurl.com/qd7h3

    Buju Banton has a previous marijuana drug conviction in Jamaica that resulted in him being banned from the U.S for one year in 2004.

    Posted by: SamK | Dec 14, 2009 6:29:57 AM

  5. Hold it... Innocent until proven guilty...remember? So have the decency to allow the man his day in court. That's what called justice and that's what all you Gays all there called for. And yet as usual you guys are jumping around already in joy without even getting all the facts. You can't have it both ways. Either you want justice for all or for none. Hold your horses. Stop feeling so entitled to special treatment...Geesssssssssss

    Posted by: Street Justice | Dec 14, 2009 12:08:27 PM

  6. Fuck you street justice. I don't give a fuck about Buju Banton, he can rot in jail for all I care. Decency? Really? Like the decency that fuckin Jamaica has in killing gay people? That kind of decency? Or the decency that Buju Butthead has when he "sings" his repugnant lyrics? Go fuck yourself.

    Posted by: tooboot | Dec 14, 2009 12:49:05 PM

  7. TOOBOOT...No fuck you...oh wait you do that already. Keep your facts in check. BUJU was arrested for possession with intend to distribute NOT for "GAY BASHING". Again, the man will have his day in Court until then hold your horses. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS. Justice for all or for none.
    Advocating Gays killing? No, fair? No.
    Nonetheless two wrongs don't make it wright. TOOBOOT go fuck yourself. -:)

    Posted by: Street Justice | Dec 14, 2009 3:13:14 PM

  8. BUJU, you should have known that them Faggots would find a way to snare and get you with your pants down. Dont buy drugs in america when they got a grudge against you. even the COPS are Faggots. uzeet. anyway jus memba "We prefer DED before we turn CHI-CHI-MAN. Besides Florida Jails full o' YARDMAN so Nuh Fear.

    Posted by: nectar | Dec 14, 2009 3:49:03 PM

  9. all you dumb gay fuck buju is king and will always be so shut you gay holes and go suck some gay dick

    Posted by: bigdog | Dec 14, 2009 5:17:16 PM

  10. LOL. So here're the details courtesy of the Sarasota Police.


    "There they met with an undercover Sarasota police officer who showed Myrie and Thomas a specially equipped vehicle that contained 20 kilos of coke in hidden compartments.

    Myrie (Buju) and Thomas went over to the vehicle, pulled out a kilo and placed it on a table. Thomas pulled out a knife and cut open the package of cocaine.

    He handed the knife to Myrie, who wiped his finger on the blade and put his finger in his mouth in what appeared to be an attempt to taste the drug."

    GAWD. How Crockett and Tubbs. C'mon, did he blow out of there in a speed boat? Was he wearing pastels? Still, later we learn that Buju's buds sealed the deal in an APPLEBEES! I guess cocaine trafficking just isn't that glamorous after all.

    BTW, it doesn't take much reading between the lines to figure out that the feds have Buju's famous face on more videotape than MTV. No police department would offer this much detail this quick if they couldn't back it up.

    Posted by: Pastel Pete | Dec 14, 2009 6:32:13 PM

  11. all you faggots that is wishing buju off to prison don't worry we all have to fall down sometimes but you all that is bashing him will get your time when the king comes and burn you all to dust for all the selfish and soddomitty things you do, you all a bunch of male bitches and will perish. you all been wishing this on him but what goes around comes back around so have your time. America is a bitch and no one safe

    Posted by: fire | Dec 14, 2009 11:21:54 PM

  12. the best thing in life is WOMAN! you gay asses remember it was a man and a woman brought you here and when did you decide to want to fuck another man that is disrespecting your mother , what if your mother new that you was going to be gay before you born they should have abort your ass one less of you to stop life cycle.

    Posted by: fire | Dec 14, 2009 11:25:04 PM

  13. I think you're right, pastel. This is a slam dunk. Can't wait to have this POS flushed.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 14, 2009 11:41:06 PM

  14. @ FIRE,

    Three things:

    The first is gays aren't sterile and can & *do* have their own children.

    The second is Buju Bantu was a rent-boy in Jamaica. His homophobia comes from self-loathing and hypocrisy.

    Three, you and the rest of his fans, are morons. Srsly, did you *read* your comments before you posted them? Are you high or just dim?

    Posted by: Wheezy | Dec 15, 2009 12:48:58 AM

  15. Fourthly, nobody *chooses* to be gay. Although, people *do* chose to be ignorant, assholes.

    Posted by: Wheezy | Dec 15, 2009 12:50:00 AM

  16. This man hates what is evil God himself burned Sodom and Gomorra becease those people were evil like you,you who support gays may God punish you. As for you man of God you will be acguitted.

    Posted by: matthew | Dec 15, 2009 1:31:03 AM

  17. For all those attempting to be reasonable with absurdly unreasonable people like the toxic homophobic morons posting here, forget about it. Unfortunately, if you're ever in a situation with those types that may likely result in violence, force is the only language they understand...the voiceless one. This is across the board, too. Not just with regard to homophobia, but anything. They only understand the threat of violence and require that it be shown to them from time to time to remind them that it's real. Never ever reason with them...you'd have better luck teaching a dog to sit (literally).

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 15, 2009 1:50:10 AM

  18. buju your personality sucks we love you.you'll always be an icon and a man who stand up for his beliefs under adverse pressure.

    Posted by: pee | Dec 15, 2009 10:22:39 AM

  19. All you racist, oppressive, colonizing bastards need to remember that your 400 years of enslaving African Natives has its legacy. Anti-gay sentiments IS COLONIAL LEGACY. So yes look in the mirror. Did you know know that Jamaica has buggery laws? And guess what Jamaica has a West Minister Law system. SO GO FIGURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Penny Wise | Dec 15, 2009 11:25:18 AM

  20. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

    (9) Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals,[a] nor sodomites, (10) nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

    Posted by: fusstime | Dec 15, 2009 12:02:07 PM



    Posted by: BMMD | Dec 15, 2009 2:40:38 PM

  22. Why does it matter that he is anti-gay? That is his personal opinion of homosexuals. Nobody makes a big deal that gay men are anti vagina, or that dykes are anti penis. Everyone is entitle to their own opinion, stop tryna crucify him. Plus everyone knows that Rastas dont do cocaine. It was all a setup from all you (biting my tongue as not to be offensive.) GLAAD and all you other homosexuals. Guess now its a proven fact that the miami police and d.a. is all taken it in the back. I dont hate anyone and dont promote violence but stop and take a look in the mirror cheering over his imprisonment is spreading hate. The same thing ya'll are saying he is doing! God Bless ya'll and FREE BUJU!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: MONIQUE | Dec 15, 2009 10:47:49 PM

  23. BMMD

    I totally agree with you.

    People always like to make themselves feel better by putting down others. The issue is about cocaine, not whether Buju is anti-gay. Bashing Buju does not make sodomy right.

    Posted by: Penny Wise | Dec 16, 2009 1:54:08 AM

  24. To Matthew

    What ever makes you feel better. Look at what your ancestors have done. Please tell me who are barbarians. You pretend today as if you are civilized , when infact we know your true barbaric colours. How dare you? For people like you I don't even have words to describe. We shall all meet our creator!!!! ALL OF US

    Posted by: Penny Wise | Dec 16, 2009 2:01:55 AM


    CHECK YOUR FACTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Jamaica is NOT the most homophobic place on earth. Let me tell you what Jamaica is.....The most open place on earth about how they truely feel about the act of two guys fucking each other up the ass. How procreative is that?( Not all sex today is procreative...duly noted)

    You are a media company and a lay person like myself have to inform you about the real atrocities going on in Africa....And I won't say where in Africa.....That is your assingment....Gays are getting the death penalty there......CHECK YOUR FACTS......DIM TWITS

    Posted by: Penny Wise | Dec 16, 2009 12:53:41 PM

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