GayNZ removed Beenie Man from show and replaced with lesbian Diana king
From www.nzherald.co.nz-History has repeated itself for Beenie Man, the controversial dancehall star who has been axed from another New Zealand music festival.
Organisers today pulled the Grammy-winning musician from Auckland’s Raggamuffin line-up after an outcry from Gay New Zealand over his “continued homophobic attitude”.
Beenie Man denied he was homophobic or wrote homophobic lyrics but then hung up the phone just seconds into a 15-minute interview about the topic, GayNZ.com reported, an incident which contributed to his performance being pulled.
It’s eerily similar to events in 2009 when he was axed from the 2010 Big Day Out line-up over similar concerns, including lyrics like, “I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays”.
It’s the second major line-up change for Raggamuffin, scheduled for Trusts Arena on February 20, with Cee-Lo taken off the bill in October.
Beenie Man’s slot has been taken by lesbian reggae singer Diana King, the first Jamaican artist to publicly come out, reported GayNZ.
In a statement issued this morning, organisers said they pulled Beenie Man because he had “failed to answer questions about his past lyrics and his current stance on the gay community”.
“We took the concerns of the gay community very seriously and sought to address them with Beenie Man,” said spokesman Danny Leaoasavaii, aka Brotha D.
“Raggamuffin is a family festival and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender or sexuality,” he said.
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