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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?