Tuesday, October 27, 2009

No Twister Tuesday - Family Values and Sexual Politics are Not The Same Thing



My Dear Friend and Colleague Yvonne McCalla Sobers
wrote the column below my signature;  on the whole
Buju Banton and the Gay Community Fracas -
after a recent show on RJR Jamaica a few days ago.

It is clear that Buju Banton is not the only artist who is
living in the shadow of constant scrutiny from a group of angry people.
These people have tried to make Buju their whipping boy;
when in essence he has nothing to do with their real beef;
Their Sexual Politics.

you see Buju's Platform is Family Values - as a Rastaman that's what
Life Is All About. Speaking From Personal Experience; as well as
Personally Knowing Buju for many years. He is a Family Man.

This case has just reached a point of senselessness
and the people who are spending the money to produce shows;
need to stop the disruptions.

the song that this group keeps harping on was produced when
Buju Started His Career More than 20 years ago.
Yeah.1 Song  MORE Than Twenty Years Ago -
how about the other 10 cd's he's put out in that time ?
how bout the awards he's won for his music ? and his
philanthropy as a Community Man and a Musician ?

Since then All of his material has been purely "Family Values"
He is a product of Jamaica - and a Rasta MAN.

The California-based gay activists reportedly demanded that the DJ hold town hall meetings to profess respect and love for gays, make donations to Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays and sing songs about loving gay people.


Buju Banton and his management team reportedly rejected out right all the suggestions put on the table.

In Jamaica homosexuality is known as Buggery
- an english term and law. it's still on the books
and prosecuted today. if you get caught you pay.

In The Caribbean, Homosexuality is seen as a taboo
and representative of non family values.Jamaica is like
most of the world. But unfortunantly it is clear from the
conversations with the gay rights people; that they want
Buju to act like a  puppy and toss aside his Rasta Morals
and his entire lifes fiber for the sake of their approval.

What planet are they from ?

It's Not Gonna Happen ..

If it takes the planners of shows to get a better handle on their
venues, then so be it. Madison Square Gardens seemed to have
no problems when Buju appeared there twice recently
- to sold out crowds.

the artists personal politics don't appear on stage - their music does.
that's how I see it, when groups like Black Flag; and Prussian Blue
can tour freely; and appear unharrassed anytime and anywhere they want.




The bottomline should be that if people want to go see Buju Banton Perform,
Let Them. Only Buju Should Rule His Destiny..

Family Rights should not be twisted
in with sexual politics - 
please people; Lets Not Get It Twisted,




Gays may have overstepped their bounds giving Buju ultimatum – McCalla-Sobers
Sunday, 18 October 2009

Buju Banton.Human rights activist Yvonne McCalla Sobers is contending that the overseas gay community may have overstepped its bounds in the demands put to local artist Buju Banton.

News came earlier this week that Banton, whose real name is Mark Myrie met with representatives of the gay community, following the cancellation of several of his concerts.

However Mrs. McCalla-Sobers who was speaking Sunday on RJR's weekly news review programme "That's a Rap!" argued that international gay organizations may have pushed too hard and may have been working at cross purposes to the aims of the local gay community.

She said she has spoken with persons in the local gay community directly and through workshops and during these discussions, the rights they were interested in were not those put forward to Buju by the international gay community.

Yvonne McCalla-Sobers.
"If discrimination and the buggery law were some of the issues raised by the international gay community I would say yes you have been speaking to persons here and this is what matter. But I'm not sure about any of those issues that they raised and how in fact these may create the local backlash that the local gay community may not want to experience,"
Mrs. McCalla Sobers said Sunday on RJR's weekly news review programme That's a Rap!.

The California-based gay activists reportedly demanded that the DJ hold town hall meetings to profess respect and love for gays, make donations to Jamaica Forum of Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays and sing songs about loving gay people.

Buju Banton and his management team reportedly rejected out right all the suggestions put on the table.

3 comments:

RE Ausetkmt said...

To those that feel this is more about Their Sexual Politics; than a Man who is Making Family Values His Choice; sorry this is about Family Choices, by a Father. Plain and Simple.

we ask the protestors, where are you when the Republicans are saying what he said 20 years ago, Today ?

If this rubs you wrong; take a deep breath and Tell Us Why. Thanks

RE Ausetkmt said...

This is a small part of a stupid hateful rant I got earlier which I rejected since the coward posted it ANONYMOUS - IF YOU DON'T CLAIM IT, DON'T BOTHER CAUSE I WILL NOT POST IT.
To Paraphrase Your Quote Anonymous - it doesn't make sense for you to quote her "since You Are Anonymous"

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Lastly, I appreciate your quoting Mrs. McCalla-Sobers. Her point is that she's not sure if our campaign is leading to the recognition of rights for the gays and lesbians of Jamaica. Since you quote her concerns....may I ask what YOU have done to repeal the Buggery Law? If you have a better idea than we do how to help make that happen, then I invite you to jump in with your ideas. Otherwise, it doesn't make sense for you to quote her.

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RE Ausetkmt said...

Anonymous since you ask if I have an idea about the buggery law, well yes I do - I think that governments globally should Strengthen "Family Values Laws".
there needs to be more support for those who Create and less for those who Put Asunder. to quote a well known republican from the us congress.

FYI - Buggery is a Sex Act.

A Family is a Living Unit.

Sex is Not Essential to Existence; and apparently in your eyes and cultural view; Creation Either.

nasty only begets truth around here anonymous, so run tell dat.
and yes this is a NO HOMO Comment.

LIke We've Said - Don't Get It Twisted - its not about SEX but Family VALUES and Morals.