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PepsiCo: 'We are Appalled' by Beenie Man's 'Repugnant' Lyrics

Beenie Towleroad received the following statement regarding Beenie Man from Dave DeCecco of PepsiCo's Media Bureau following news that the company had sponsored a concert by the singer in Uganda:

"Regarding Beenie Man's performance in Uganda, we just wanted you to know that we are appalled by his lyrics and find them repugnant.  We are not associated with him in any way.  Our bottling partner in Uganda was not aware of his views and never would have sponsored the concert with this knowledge.  Moving forward, we will work closely with our bottling partners to be more vigilant about the events associated with our brands."

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  1. In the future, ALL events should be checked Pepsi allows their product to be with HOMOPHOBES aka singers who incite murder aka accessories to a crime.

    Posted by: FunMe | Dec 7, 2009 5:15:44 PM


  2. Now onto the Grammys and whatever network is broadcasting them!

    Posted by: Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com | Dec 7, 2009 5:48:14 PM


  3. Too late, boycotted! Like Coke better anyway.

    Posted by: Kenn I | Dec 7, 2009 5:52:25 PM


  4. Okay, so NOW is the perfect time to get Pepsi to make a big statement that they won't advertise on the Grammys featuring a Buju Banton nomination. There won't be another time like this. We need some of our biggies in the gay community with specific media contacts to educate them on Banton and immediately get their assurance that they'll indeed follow through on that promise "to be more vigilant about the events associated with our brand."

    Andy and Towleroad, how about it? We can get people writing in to Pepsi, but there's never gonna be a time like NOW to assure Pepsi walks the walk on this supposed "vigilance" they've just declared. Maybe they don't plan to advertise on the Grammys anyway, but they can make it forcefully, publicly clear-- and Pepsi also has big contracts with places like Buger King. An announcement they won't advertise, a withdrawal of advertisement, or even just Pepsi talking and putting pressure on the Grammys to withdraw that Buju Banton nomination would go a long way toward Pepsi proving they mean what they say. And it would immediately give the Grammys a big wake up call as to how bad they've screwed up by nominating Banton.

    But we have to hold Pepsi's feet to the fire to make sure they really mean what they've just said, and NOW is the only time it might work. How about it, Towleroad... can you call Pepsi's representative back, talk to them about Buju Banton's history, and see if they're truly going to live up to that "vigilance" they claim?

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Dec 7, 2009 5:54:13 PM


  5. how could they not know about the 'kill the gay's' legislation in uganda? it is time for them to step up and take corporate responsibility for their ugandan bottler. they have the power to do this. this response is woefully inadequate.

    Posted by: psgoodguy | Dec 7, 2009 6:06:52 PM


  6. I believe Porter Novelli does Pepsi'a crisis communications. I hope one of their people is taking a good hard look at BobbyJoe's great suggestion. The repudiation was perfect and the wide net with which Pepsi sponsors events will inevitably cause problems like this, so a mishap is somewhat understandable. However, the words MUST be backed up by action. Helping us with Buju, who has lied and misrepresented himself many times to LGBT activists, is the perfect opportunity to do so.

    Posted by: Jeffrey Taylor | Dec 7, 2009 6:21:18 PM


  7. You guys murder music is OK. It has to be, I don't want anyone in any way for whatever reason censoring art. There is merit to all forms of creativity, EVEN if it insights violence!

    If you don't like it raise awareness about its effects but don't try to get rid of it because it offends you. I don't like it when right wing Christians say that gay stuff is bad for me (read: porn) So im not about to do the same thing to some other asshole.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 7, 2009 6:52:22 PM


  8. Are you serious, fenrox? Even if it incites violence? Remind me to scream (from a safe distance) fire in a crowded theater you're at....it's art, after all. Performance art.

    Violence is the limit for free speech.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 7, 2009 7:05:57 PM


  9. Fenrox, there's a huge difference between censoring art and SPONSORING it. Reprehensible as he is, I think Fred Phelps has every right to run around chanting "God Hates F*GS," but if I'm paying to put him on stage somewhere or if (like the Grammys) I'm nominating him for an honor, I'm PROMOTING him.

    Accepting that free speech includes sometimes vile sentiments doesn't mean one also has to PROMOTE those sentiments. Free speech means you can stand and scream whatever you want on a street corner, but nowhere in the Constitution does it say that you also have a right that someone must promote, pay to print what you have to say, or put you on stage somewhere. In fact, free speech and the idea of the marketplace inherent in our country's origin and laws suggests that if people don't like what you're promoting, they have every right to let you know about it and every right to refuse to do business with you. Same with Pepsi and Beenie Man and the Grammys and Buju Banton.

    Too many people either don't know-- or pretend not to know-- this obvious, gigantic difference.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Dec 7, 2009 7:48:10 PM


  10. Fenrox, there's a huge difference between censoring art and SPONSORING it. Reprehensible as he is, I think Fred Phelps has every right to run around chanting "God Hates F*GS," but if I'm paying to put him on stage somewhere or if (like the Grammys) I'm nominating him for an honor, I'm PROMOTING him.

    Accepting that free speech includes sometimes vile sentiments doesn't mean one also has to PROMOTE those sentiments. Free speech means you can stand and scream whatever you want on a street corner, but nowhere in the Constitution does it say that you also have a right that someone must promote, pay to print what you have to say, or put you on stage somewhere. In fact, free speech and the idea of the marketplace inherent in our country's origin and laws suggests that if people don't like what you're promoting, they have every right to let you know about it and every right to refuse to do business with you. Same with Pepsi and Beenie Man and the Grammys and Buju Banton.

    Too many people either don't know-- or pretend not to know-- this obvious, gigantic difference.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Dec 7, 2009 7:48:45 PM


  11. I have a bigger problem with this Why would the grammy's ever nominate this type of music for an award and if this is how they feel maybe time to biycott the grammy's and all LGBT artist and supporters shouldn't show up and nobody should watch when ratings
    go down so do sales

    Posted by: walter | Dec 7, 2009 8:56:51 PM


  12. Fair enough. They made a mistake.

    I agree that this should be pivoted to the Grammys.

    Posted by: kugel | Dec 8, 2009 12:55:59 AM



  13. hmm; guys the point here is the man has a right to expression. Unfortunately he used it as a 'hate form' but he is entitled to his opinion. you know, the gay community is among the most intolerant group all over the world like a spoilt child trying so hard to get the attention from everybody, coming off as the ones that care for their own 'rights' and nobody else's can't the world be spared such tantrums. the problem isnot with Pepsi, but with Beenie man and his expression- but i insist he is entitled to his opionion, just like you are. so are we gonna ask everybdoy if they are pro gay or not b4 they talk to us.

    Posted by: Raha | Dec 8, 2009 2:11:44 AM


  14. @ RAHA

    After all of these years putting up with shit from obnoxious anti-gay heterosexual bigots.I for one have every right from within every membrane in each and every cell in my body to be angry pissed off bitter and completely intolerant of bigoted opinions from heterosexuals.Take your "homophobic apologist" self-loathing ass back to the cave you came from.The days of being a conformists for these bigots are OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Rocky | Dec 8, 2009 6:13:08 AM


  15. Hate Speech is NOT Free Speech. Speech that incites violence is NOT art. It's obvious that those who promote such idiotic and ignorant views also believe that Hilter was just misunderstood and that the holocaust never happened. If Uganda with it's incredibly corrupt government and its impoverished masses want to scapegoat and murder gay men and closted Beenie Weenie Man wants to promote and encourage that violence then blood is on their hands and anyone who pretends that the issue is about freedom of expression,freedom of speech,freedom of art is beyond delusional. Uganda is a shithole and the quicker the US and other countries stop supporting the corruption and human rights violations the better.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Dec 8, 2009 2:33:55 PM


  16. Girls, PLEASE

    I drink Pepsi and will continue to drink Pepsi have consumed it most of my life.

    Fuck Beenie Man do you queens really think you'll hurt Pepsico????? You're better off boycotting Jamaica.

    So what if Pepsi does a Gay commercial and straights see it and don't like it and threatened to boycott?

    Which group will hurt Pepsi more?

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 9, 2009 7:58:05 AM


  17. Good point Bobby.

    Tank, Art is art. It never stops, it certainly doesnt stop at violence. Violence might be humanities biggest artform. It doesnt make it ok or right, just a sad, beautiful point of life.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 9, 2009 7:02:20 PM


  18. lol@ Rocky from a cave? i ment no offense- but the reality is that he expresed himself, just as the two of you are doing... so if you can't find in your self a higher level of tolerance you may not be the best person to point a finger at other pple. granted what he said is bad...but y shd you take a company at ransom for that? how many statements do you want the world to make- under gun point? even when they think otherwise isnt that in itself a form of injustice and descrimination?

    Posted by: Raha | Dec 10, 2009 11:50:59 AM


  19. i do not share your views. what now?

    Posted by: hugo | Feb 22, 2011 5:28:29 PM


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