killing fi stop
today the new york times published an editorial strongly condemning not just the murder of jamaican AIDS-outreach worker steve harvey but the implicit sanctioning of anti-gay violence by the jamaican government and police.
this seems to me a better target than singers or DJs, many of whom will affirm the obvious biases of their audience just to sell a record, get a forward, or book a show. certainly, given the degree to which the jamaican public adulates its star entertainers, having a few artists break from this tacit--and often not so tacit--approval of homophobic violence would be a step in the right direction. at the least, showing some courage on this most jerk of knee-jerk issues (bible schmible, cultcha schmultcha) might embolden some of their peers or fans to do the same.
despite persistent performances to the contrary (bad man nuh bow), beenie man deserves some credit for recently clarifying his stance on the issue. but he would do well to tell his fans back-a-yard the same thing he tells journalists from foreign when they ask him about the whole bun-battyman thing: "I cannot be against man that have consensual sex. If two big man want to have sex, it's their perogative, that's my opinion."
still, for all of their sway in the realm of cultural politics, DJs are not elected officials and are not looked upon as leaders in the sense that prime ministers and MPs are (though i recognize that many jamaicans have, for good reason, lost their faith in politicians' ability to lead). thus the times is right to suggest that those who are in power should set an example by repealing jamaica's archaic anti-sodomy laws (inherited from the brits, natch)--not just for the sake of gays and lesbians in jamaica, but for human rights workers of all stripes, for sex-workers and other at-risk communities, and for jamaican society as a whole.
i mean, shit, even texas has 'em beat on that count. seen?
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