Banton is well-known for his song "Boom Bye Bye" which calls for violence against the LGBT community. In the song, Banton suggests killing gays and lesbians by shooting them in the head, pouring acid on them or setting them on fire. Forced by his recording label to make a statement, Banton refused to apologize - instead citing the Bible and his Rastafarian religion. Rastas, however, are supposed to be non-violent.
Several Banton concerts have been protested or canceled as the LGBT community has reacted in outrage. Amnesty International has called for Banton's prosecution for a June 24, 2004 attack on six gay men who were forced from their homes and beaten severely. One of the assailants was Buju Banton. Banton was not arrested and charged until September 2005 - nearly 15 months after the alleged attack - despite a warrant for his arrest having been issued in June 2004. He was acquitted last January. No one was held responsible for the attacks - they were simply swept under the rug.
If you don't think that Bloomington, Indiana - one of the first municipalities in the state to offer protections to the LGBT community - is the right venue for Buju Banton's brand of homophobia and sexism, please call or e-mail the Bluebird management and tell them today. You can call the Bluebird at (812) 336-3984.
Remember - the concert is scheduled for Thursday. Time is of the essence! Give them a call today and ask that they cancel the concert. Let's not sweep Banton under the rug in our state.