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Is This the Most Homophobic 'Harlem Shake' Video of All Time?


'Harlem Shake' videos are supposed to be all about fun. But this one is about imprisoning gay people.

The Love March Movement, which describes itself as being "dedicated to being a persistent voice in the Jamaican media for sexual purity," is behind a new 'Harlem Shake' video calling on Jamaica to retain laws criminalizing homosexuality.

Jamaica is considered one of the most homophobic countries on Earth rife with bias crimes against LGBT people, and it's not hard to see why given the content of this YouTube video.

LGBT people in Jamaica are routinely beaten by mobs, and are afraid to be free in their own country. Sexual acts between men are punishable by up to ten years in jail...

Check out this trailer for a Kickstarter-funded documentary by Micah Fink that I posted about earlier this year that tells the story of two gay people afraid for their lives in the country. It's very powerful:

So back to the 'Harlem Shake' video:


This 'Harlem Shake' video features people dancing with signs about the dangers of gay marriage...

Suggesting that gay rights will curb religious liberties and freedom of speech...

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And even more heinously, the lie that homosexuality and pedophilia are connected.


It ends with these messages. No wonder LGBT people want to leave the country.

Watch the video, AFTER THE JUMP...



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  1. Also, Seventhirty and Rocko and all the other twisted racist trolls can eat it. You're as bad as the people who made this video.

    Posted by: gwynethcornrow | Mar 10, 2013 1:46:53 PM

  2. Oh Jamaica, my home land, my people. How you will never change. *sigh*

    Posted by: Gabriel | Mar 10, 2013 1:47:40 PM

  3. spoiler
    I know lots of words

    Posted by: QJ201 | Mar 10, 2013 2:18:20 PM

  4. @GwynethCornrow Right on. I don't know why Andy tolerates such blatant racism.

    To all the people bashing Jamaica, does anyone stop to think about the LGBT folk, on the island and around the world, who have been fighting tooth and nail to change hearts and minds? Overturn buggery laws and open people's hearts? One video made by a relatively small group of people doesn't represent the entirety of Jamaican people, culture, or ideologies.

    Posted by: Jesus | Mar 10, 2013 2:32:34 PM

  5. Of course, the cowards hide their faces.

    Avoid Jamaica. It's a cesspool and a toilet. The people are rude, crude and petty. They wallow in their own ignorance. They sustain a decadent, decrepit culture in a decrepit, corrupt country.

    Avoid Jamaica like the plague.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Mar 10, 2013 2:34:46 PM

  6. Firstly, I want to say that racism is really stupid. And the people who are using this video as an excuse to make racist statements are just lowering themselves to the level of the people in the video. Please remember that the most pro-equality president in U.S. history is black, as well as many pro-equality advocates.

    Secondly, as someone (a black heterosexual woman) born and raised on a Caribbean island, who, thankfully, got a scholarship to an American University, I can't even begin to explain the mentality of these people. They are incredibly uneducated. Most of them have never read a whole book in their lives. I no that none of the people I grew up with certainly have never even read 1 whole book in their entire lives. They believe in black magic...Think about that for a minute -- imagine how primitive the thought process has to be for a person to take black magic seriously. They don't even know what they do not know...

    I am not trying to excuse their disgusting message, just clue you guys into the world I come from. They are trapped in so much ignorance it is insane. As a person, raised by persons like these, I have sat many a days in wonderment as to just how stupid, yes literally stupid the adults who raised me were and are. I consider it a miracle that I was able to get out of that mental fog. It was only because of books that I was able to break the bonds of ignorance that surrounded me and allowed me to see much of the world outside my little island. These people, in their unique way are, in a state of what I call "savage innocence" that is how dumb they are.

    My father never learned to read, my mother could read, but was obsessed with a fear of black magic, and terrified of homosexuals. Adults would sit around at night and talk about witches and other evil creatures in very serious tones. They truly believed that these beings existed. None of them could explain the natural world in any scientific terms, it is all magic. Add to this indescribable ignorance, obsessive religiosity and you have a recipe for disaster. I assure you that these people believe that God, himself, literally sat down and wrote the bible. When I told my mother that I didn't believe in God, she looked at me like I was the devil incarnate and threw me out of her house. They know nothing about the role that Constantine the Roman Emperor played in the formation of Christianity, they have never heard of the Nicene Council... As the Christ they believe in is reported to have said,"Forgive them, for they know not what they do."

    Posted by: Elizabeth | Mar 10, 2013 3:22:57 PM

  7. Religion has poisoned their minds. Bob Marley would be outraged at this Hate.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Mar 10, 2013 3:50:53 PM

  8. Race and age are easy targets as no one can do anything to change those facts. Race nor Age motivate people to hate, Religion does. "Good people will always do good things, bad people will always do Bad things, but for good people to do bad things takes Religion"

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Mar 10, 2013 3:53:22 PM

  9. @Elizabeth...thanks for sharing that. I think it's easy to forget that there are lots of other places in the world where people are of color...or not...and ignorance is prevalent. Look to eastern europe...oh, for that matter look to the vatican...or kansas. The easiest handle to grab is the color thing...and it's cruel. I think most of us here know this...but are angry when we watch this garbage. This isn't about color, it's about poverty, ignorance & religion...a recipe for some nasty cake.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Mar 10, 2013 4:13:24 PM

  10. Where's this Commonwealth nation's Queen Elizabeth II and her new non-discrmination policy when you need her? RME.

    Posted by: Rexford | Mar 10, 2013 4:27:28 PM

  11. You don't have to watch it in order to report it for Hateful or abusive content > Promotes hatred or violence.


    Posted by: KDNA | Mar 10, 2013 5:03:01 PM

  12. the turd of the caribbean

    Posted by: daniel malisky | Mar 10, 2013 5:24:22 PM

  13. I am a Jamaican who can honestly say this group does not represent us all. Jamaica is a Beautiful country with many LGBT friendly spots. You can search online and find blogs made by LGBT tourist who talk about amazing accepting places they have visited. Please do not use this as a reason to not want to visit my lovely country.

    Posted by: MANGA CHICK | Mar 10, 2013 8:43:03 PM

  14. Consider the source: Jamaica! What a hell hole.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 10, 2013 9:21:59 PM

  15. Its too bad that you cant discuss the phenomenon of anti gay balcks without being called a racist.

    Posted by: Frank | Mar 10, 2013 9:50:22 PM

  16. One of the reasons why they made this video is because there are brave Jamaiacans who have been fighting to get rid of homophobic laws. Hence, the video's lines about keeping the "buggery laws."

    So let's not condemn all of Jamaica with one large brush. There are good people there as well, fighting the good fight and putting themselves at risk to do so. The people in the video aren't good by any stretch of the imagination, but the very existence of their video points to the fact that the good people have been gaining more ground.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Mar 10, 2013 10:04:32 PM

  17. And what do you expect from that blessed island? Brains?

    Posted by: jaragon | Mar 10, 2013 10:05:59 PM

  18. Q: Why doesn't Jamaica have toilets?
    A: That would be redundant.

    Jamaica is what happens when Christianity is left to fester in isolation.

    Posted by: Kevin Foster | Mar 10, 2013 10:40:21 PM

  19. What? You thought something GOOD coould come from an Internet dance meme? Did you not SEE the intellectual and choregraphic down syndrome that was Gangnam style? SMH.

    Other than seeing shirtless straight fraternal boys getting down withe each other I see no reason for their existence. And really if I wanted to see that bad enough I'd just watch porn. -.- Anyway, these douchebags are just mad cuz they are completely irrelevant. Whether they like it or not social progress has already started winning globally. No matter how much they kick and scream all they can do is delay the inevitable. Even the GOP is starting to admit defeat and that full civil equality for lgbt people is just a matter of time, and it will be the same way in Jamaica.

    Posted by: ble.d_out.colo.r | Mar 11, 2013 3:57:01 AM

  20. Elizabeth, thank you for your insight. I've never wanted to visit Jamaica (despite Whoopi Goldberg's brilliant Old Raisin monologue--YouTube it). It seems as if the only pretty parts are those fenced resorts catering to white tourists; step off the property, and it seems like hell. With so little vacation time and a limited budget, I'll make sure my guy and I go someplace we're really wanted and where our tourism dollars will hopefully do some good.

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 11, 2013 9:11:43 AM

  21. Come on people, it is not like the could change illiteracy and religious indoctrination overnight. They could not even grasp the basic concepts of humanism even if their lives depended on it. Homophobia is just the tip of the iceberg of disastrous country and backward society. They deserve to be confronted though.

    Posted by: SayTheTruth | Mar 11, 2013 5:55:44 PM

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