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Jamaican “Murder Music” Reggae Artist Beenie Man Apologizes For His Anti-Gay Lyrics

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Jamaican reggae artist Beenie Man has released a video in which has apologized for his virulently antigay lyrics , saying his opinion of the LGBT community has evolved.

“There is no one in this world is the same as they were 20 years ago — I know I am not.  I was a kid and I come from Waterhouse, which is a small community. I never know what the world is like and what the world is all about. But now I know that people live in this world that live their life differently from my life. I still have to respect and love human beings.”he  says in his YouTube video posted below.

In 2004 Beenie Man was removed from the MTV Video Music Awards and had a performances cancelled after a boycott by activists for a song which lyrics called for the execution of gay men. Previously released songs icluded lines like, “I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays,” and “Tek a bazooka and kill batty-fucker.”

His video comes just days after one of the most popular rap stars, Jay-Z, followed President Obama in announcing his support for equal marriage. But, Jay-Z had once rapped: “Faggots wanna talk to po-po’s, Smoke em like cocoa.”

Is this sincere progress or is it hip-hop and reggea artist who realize that their anti-gay lyrics and attitudes hurt their sales and thier wallets?

You decide.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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