Over on the Petrelis Files blog, Michael Petrelis posted about Buju Banton’s meeting this week with leaders in the San Francisco gay community, including himself. Petrelis mentions this was Banton’s first meeting with the gay community. Buju Banton is the reggae musician infamous for his song “Boom Bye Bye” that includes lyrics about killing gay men as well as perpetual hate speech toward LGBT people.
The post is a little unusual. Petrelis gives Banton credit for understanding the issue yet also, says ” there certainly was little movement on his part,” a point people took up in the lengthy comments section. Not only that, they took pictures with Banton and smiled! They smiled for a picture next to a man who has declared “there is no end to the war with me and faggots.”
Now, Dallas is in his sights. Buju Banton comes to Dallas Tuesday Oct. 20 to perform at the Palm Beach Club in Deep Ellum. There were efforts to have the show canceled by Resource Center Dallas and Equality March Texas but, as of now, it is still set to go. I’ve been informed they will now be protesting the show. You can read more about that in tomorrow’s issue.