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Jamaican Reggae Star Beenie Man Begs for Forgiveness for Years of Singing Gays Should Be Killed: VIDEO

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In a new video, Jamaican dancehall singer Beenie Man is begging for forgiveness for lyrics he has performed throughtout his career calling for violent deaths to gays and lesbians.

Says Beenie Man in the video, in part:

"Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief you believe in, and regardless of which sexual preference you are, including gays and lesbian people. I respect all human...Please I am begging you do not have me up for some songs I wrote a long time ago. I love each and every one and am just begging each and everyone to do the same."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Beenie's lyrics have called for death to gay people. The Guardian wrote, about the words on a 2004 album:

They include lyrics such as "Hang chi chi gal wid a long piece of rope" [Hang lesbians with a long piece of rope] and "Tek a bazooka and kill batty-f**ker" [Take a bazooka and kill gay men].

Beenie Man has been subject to protests for years for the lyrics, as have other Jamaican "murder music" singers like Buju Banton.

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  1. Maybe somebody he loves came out to him. Maybe it was his boyfriend...remember people with such ugly homophobic attitudes as he had are usually gay!

    Posted by: Danny in the East Village | May 18, 2012 4:30:43 PM


  2. Haven't we heard this song and dance from him before, when the Stop Murder Music campaign put a dent in his wallet? Since I'm also upset with Nicki Minaj for featuring him on both her album and in the album launch for Roman Reloaded, let's see both of them do some volunteer work supporting GLTBQ youth. I'm not accepting an apology without SIGNIFICANT action. PARTICULARLY because he walked back his previous apology to the gay community. Not forgetting that.

    Posted by: Sean Mac | May 18, 2012 5:24:01 PM


  3. Aaaaaand I was right: he was denied a work visa to come here and promote his duet with Nicki Minaj. They were going to perform on BET's 106th and Park as part of the Roman Reloaded album launch. Google for more details :(

    Posted by: Sean Mac | May 18, 2012 5:44:55 PM


  4. I will forgive him AFTER he has recorded a dozen songs which spread love for gay people. Until he undoes the horrors his songs have created, he can not be forgiven. Gay people are still being killed inJamaica if they simply try to exist honestly there. He needs to teach Jamaicans that gays are not pedophiles. They believe that there, and of course it is a lie.

    Posted by: Hephaestion | May 18, 2012 7:40:04 PM


  5. @JEDI
    Beenie Man, on behalf of Towleroad and its tolerant readers, you are forgiven.

    Jedi, speak for yourself and let others do the same. Your implication is that only intolerant readers will not accept his apology. This man has the blood of our gay brothers and sisters on his hands. He has earned his daily bread by advocating the death of gay people, not only in his own country, but around the world. If you think that you can live with believing that his apology is sufficient reparations to society for the murdered gay people that his music contributed to their deaths then again I suggest that you speak for your tolerant self. I will require more positive actions on his part to be tolerant enough to forgive his transgressions against fellow gay people.

    Posted by: vanndean | May 18, 2012 7:43:10 PM


  6. Don't blame him for gay-hating songs he wrote 20 years ago? But I'm told he still sings those gay-hating songs in concerts! And that awful Chi Chi Man song is now basically the national anthem of Jamaica! And it calls for killing gay men! So HOW can this be so readfily forgiven? IT CAN NOT and he is a fool to think it can.

    Posted by: Hephaestion | May 18, 2012 7:46:16 PM


  7. Who gives a damn what some street piece of crap thinks.

    Posted by: David Hearn | May 18, 2012 10:26:54 PM


  8. Begging for forgiveness. Surely that ups the bar for apologies. None of the usual namby pamby "if" I offended anyone.

    Posted by: BobN | May 19, 2012 12:05:27 AM


  9. Beenie Man says: "Do not fight against me for some song that I sing 20 years ago."

    Beenie Man has written and performed a number of songs that call for LGBT people to be killed. See the "Dancehall Dossier" http://bit.ly/fCob7c (Not all of his "kill LGBT" songs are listed in the "Dancehall Dossier")

    On December 5th, 2009, Beenie Man got on a stage in Kampala, Uganda and sang "Mi Nuh Wallah," in which he says that he wants to cut the throats of all gay men. See http://bit.ly/aJzNbQ

    Beenie Man signed a Reggae Compassionate Act agreement not to promote hatred and violence in 2007. What he does not mention in the description of his YouTube video statement is that he almost immediately denied signing this agreement. See http://bit.ly/buAKVi

    Beenie Man's 12/05/09 performance in Uganda was a violation of his RCA agreement.

    Posted by: Sam Kestu | May 19, 2012 12:33:46 AM


  10. Towleroad did a great job of covering Beenie Man's December 5th, 2009 performance in Kampala, Uganda where he sang "Mi Nuh Wallah," saying he wanted to cut the throats of all gay men. See http://bit.ly/MtOurw

    That Kampala, Uganda show was sponsored by the local Pepsi Cola bottler. The Pepsi Cola company apologized for sponsoring Beenie Man in Uganda in 2009. But continues to sponsor "Kill LGBT" dancehall performers at events in Jamaica (Beenie Man, Capleton, Bounty Killer and Mavado at Rebel Salute 2012 or Reggae Sumfest 2011)

    Posted by: Sam Kestu | May 19, 2012 12:44:36 AM


  11. From another Andrew: This is a good thing. It may influence some of his young fans to be less homophobic. When someone "begs" for forgiveness; forgive them and move on.

    Posted by: andrew | May 19, 2012 2:47:58 AM


  12. Oh the irony,he calls himself Beenie Man and wears purple suits in concert.

    Posted by: Kevin | May 19, 2012 4:47:07 AM


  13. @Hollywood, Ca: You got that right, TommyD is a bomb thrower. He adds nothing to civil discourse.

    Posted by: andrew | May 19, 2012 6:35:09 AM


  14. It was a gracious apology, even if u r a cynic. He is not our problem now, and we need to find the same grace in our heart we hope others will show us.

    Posted by: Relax everyone | May 19, 2012 5:48:10 PM


  15. Rastaman don't apologize to no batty-boy.

    Posted by: no chi chi things | Mar 5, 2013 3:15:23 AM


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