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Jamaican Artist Banned From STING Concert Series For Homophobic Remarks: VIDEO

Sizzla Kalonji

Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla Kalonji may have figured he was playing for a sympathetic crowd during STING 30, Jamaica's annual reggae show, when he included in his performance multiple songs about his hatred for the gays as he sashayed across the stage, despite being warned beforehand to not include them. However, Isaiah Laing of Supreme Promotions, the largest promotor on the island and parent company of STING, took exception to the performance and has banned Sizzla from performing at STING ever again.

Sizzla is unrepentant and claims that the ban does not bother him in the slightest.

Sizzla's performance, if you can stand it, is AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Instead of wearing the diaper on his head he should put the diaper in his mouth.

    Posted by: Kieran | Jan 6, 2014 10:26:39 PM


  2. Uhh...what is this crap in the video?

    Posted by: Will | Jan 6, 2014 10:39:22 PM


  3. @Kieran

    There's no need to stoop to his level.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 6, 2014 10:41:37 PM


  4. Sarah Palin is going to come in and (incorrectly) whine about Freedom of Speech.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 6, 2014 10:44:27 PM


  5. Rihannwa has collaborated with these homophobic Jamaican acts.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 6, 2014 11:11:41 PM


  6. Rihanna has collaborated with these homophobic Jamaicans.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 6, 2014 11:13:05 PM


  7. Dude looks like Osama bin laden. Good riddance .

    Posted by: The milkman | Jan 6, 2014 11:22:20 PM


  8. Yet another country with MASSIVE social and economic problems in which right wing politicians use gay people as a scapegoat or distraction from the real issues.

    Hitler - Jews
    Nero - Christians
    And on and on....

    Posted by: Tristram | Jan 6, 2014 11:23:56 PM


  9. Now what kinda tanky juju bambaklaat we got here? I'll give him due on the beats and his flow. One thing about the "Rasta" faith. There are many levels just like Christianity itself. Which it stems from. So I'm not surprised in the least by the hatred stemming from the music. However, it does send a negative message compared to Jah's positive vibe.

    Granted, to be fair, Bob Marley wrote a song called "Midnight Raver's" with some lyrics that I do find personally troubling. However, I'd also like to believe if Bob Marley was indeed alive today. He would end up standing up for the cause of equality for everyone. Including the LGBT community. Because Bob Marley would understand the plight of suffering when he truly sees it and realizes the importance to be equal.

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Jan 6, 2014 11:31:20 PM


  10. Oh, and yeah... I know Buju Banton still is undergoing his... exile(?)..as well. However, I do hope he comes around too because...well, tbh, I very much like his music as well. I mean Til Shiloh is a beautiful album.

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Jan 6, 2014 11:34:14 PM


  11. Par for the course in Jamaica. They don't like gays. Period. I don't go spend money there nor do I support the culture. Very simple.

    Posted by: Jerry | Jan 6, 2014 11:43:59 PM


  12. @Jerry Yes and no. I work with a Jamaican who knows I'm a "Batty Boy" but was extremely surprised by my knowledge for Jamaican music and my love for Bob Marley/Peter Tosh/Wailers music. So...I guess I'm saying I broke through to him after getting to know each other. He still goes back to Jamaica but he does let his family and friends know about me. So...well, at least there is some positive change. He insists I should check out his country.

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Jan 6, 2014 11:57:49 PM


  13. Well I think it's great that at least this Jamaican festival doesn't allow homophobia from its performers. That is a step in the right direction.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Jan 7, 2014 12:04:51 AM


  14. The festival should not have had him on in the first place.

    Posted by: sam | Jan 7, 2014 12:47:27 AM


  15. Good for the promoter! Takes balls IF he sticks with it and doesn´t fall for the "I apologize" crap.

    Posted by: L G. | Jan 7, 2014 4:37:05 AM


  16. looks gay to me. guess that explains it.

    meanwhile, he can swagger that it doesn't bother him, but incidents like this get the message across. It takes time but it does the job.

    Posted by: DannyEastVillage | Jan 7, 2014 6:41:52 AM


  17. ..
    Many years ago I went to an all star reggae event at the ACC in Toronto on Pride Weekend.
    Pride organizers asked that performers hold back on their anti-gay lyrics but of course, a few ignored that plea.
    The show was packed and many lesbians and gays were in the audience.
    ..

    Posted by: t j jackson | Jan 7, 2014 7:24:06 AM


  18. That's the gayest thing I ever saw. Self-hatred much?

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Jan 7, 2014 8:05:45 AM


  19. I'm with Sam here. The dude is definitely banned from the next STING Concert Series unless he absolutely promises not to sing anything anti-gay again. Like, really REALLY promises.

    Posted by: RomanHans | Jan 7, 2014 12:15:45 PM


  20. Ugly culture, ugly people, ugly music.

    Posted by: dh | Jan 7, 2014 12:31:19 PM


  21. @TRISTAM not just homophobic right-wing politicians. This garbage is directly the result of homophobic, right-wing christian evangelical effluvia and christian fundamentalist filth polluting and corrupting a multitude of Caribbean cultures.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 7, 2014 2:05:54 PM


  22. I disagree with MickyFlip on several things.

    1) If the majority of the 'levels' of the Rasta faith are homophobic, and any levels that aren't are deadly silent, it really isn't useful to try distinguishing between them.

    2) I do not believe that Bob Marley would stand up for LBGT equality. Maybe he would say that they shouldn't be treated the way they currently are being treated. You know, LGBTs are fired from their jobs, their homes are burned to the ground, and they are forced to live in the streets. Then when 'good' Jamaicans complain about all the jobless homeless LGBTs, they're driven to live in the sewers. Police go into these sewers and if they can find belongings unattended, they burn them. 'Good' Jamaican citizens know that LGBTs are forced to live in the sewers, so for fun they go in and if they can find anyone sleeping, they set them on fire. If LGBTs are seen in the streets; ravenous mobs hunt them for sport, hack them up with machetes, and burn them. Bob Marley would be against that maybe, MAYBE, but he wouldn't stand for equality.

    3) The reply to Jerry is missing information. I think it's sad for Micky Flip to refer to himself the way Jamaicans refer to him "Batty Boy". Did this Jamaican colleague decide Micky Flip was worthy to live because he knows about Jamaican music and musicians? When this person goes back to Jamaica, does he say that gays deserve equality or does he just talk about the curio batty boy that likes the culture that loathes him? He insists Micky check out Jamaica; I don't think he should and if he does I hope he doesn't end up another statistic.
    I agree with Jerry. Par for the course; they hate gays. Period. I don't respect or support their culture. And that IS their culture because so many of them keep harping the point without any dissenting voices.

    I also agree with T J Jackson. These anti-gay cultures demand we 'respect' their hate culture, but when they visit us, do they temper themselves in any way? No.

    I hope ROMANHANS's comment was a joke. 'He should be banned unless he absolutely positively super promises with a cherry on top..." Sorry, no double-decker promises. Jamaicans are liars when it comes to LGBTs. We've seen it over and over. You can't trust liars.

    I agree with DH too. Ugly culture, ugly people.

    Posted by: superbombasticbubblingplastic | Jan 7, 2014 7:40:25 PM


  23. Bigup Kalonji for burning them out if you read the bible carefully GOD HIMSELF tells us to stone them, their blood will be upon them etc. God hates them im with god

    Posted by: david | Jan 7, 2014 11:57:09 PM


  24. di whole a unu battybwoy weh a fight out di general unu suck unu mumma

    Posted by: immanuel | Jan 19, 2014 3:31:09 PM


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