Too Little Too Late? Beenie Man Apologizes For Homophobic Lyrics
Beenie Man has issued a bit of a PR PSA to clean up his homophobic reputation. It’s been a while since we heard the Jamaican rapper on any mainstream tracks here in the states but over the course of his long career he’s been known to lay down some pretty anti-gay material, including this line from his song, “Damn” which forced him to cancel a British concert series due to protesting: “Well I’m think of a new Jamaica, me come to execute all of the gays.”
Now though, Beenie promises to have turned over a new leaf and wants everyone to know that without a shadow of a doubt, he has nothing against the LGBTQ community. In a random, new video he stated:
“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 gay and lesbian people.”
I respect all humans. I respect each and everyone because we are human. Do not fight against me for some song that I sang 20 years ago…I was a kid…
“Now I know that people live in the world that live their life differently than the way I live my life. I still love them so I’m begging you, do not hate me for some old song that I wrote. Just love the music and respect the music.”
Is this more Obama effect or is someone getting ready to drop an album? You have to admit the timing is pretty odd, although Beenie told The Independent that in Jamaica the homosexual lifestyle is very different from how it is in other countries.
“What we have in Jamaica is not what it is in England where two men live together. In Jamaica, gay is rape. It’s a big man with their money going into the ghetto and picking these little youth who ain’t got nothing.”
That execution statement makes much more sense in that context but it’s hard to say whether people will dismiss his ignorance of homosexuality when he said those words. Check out the video of his apology. What do you think about it?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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