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Join EQCA blogger Andrea Shorter in signing the petition against gay hate music

The Grammys have shocked LGBT and anti-violence advocates around the world by choosing to nominate “murder music” singer Buju Banton for an award.

When I and some other local San Francisco activists sat down with the Jamaican musician in October, we thought we saw an opportunity for a détente, but our hopes were dashed before long.

Banton soon clarified his views on the LGBT community: “there is no end to the war between me and f----t.” Equality California, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and other groups have passionately supported the boycotts and protests which have dogged his latest U.S. tour. I am appalled that venues in both San Francisco and Los Angeles would promote music that advocates anti-gay torture and death.

This latest outrage from the Grammys cannot go unanswered. That’s why I signed GLAAD’s petition and sent the following letter to the Recording Academy:

Dear Recording Academy,

I am joining GLAAD's protest against Buju Banton's Grammy nomination and urging Recording Academy members NOT to support him. Honoring a man who continues to advocate killing gay people is absolutely unacceptable.

Reggae singer Buju Banton has advocated violence against gay people throughout his career.

In a popular song released in 1988 entitled "Boom Bye Bye," Banton repeats the anti-gay 'f-word' and says that "f-----s have to die" and he will "shoot them in the head" or "burn them." He continues to sing this song at his concerts today.

The Associated Press has reported that the song "Batty Rider" from Banton's 1993 record "Mr. Mention" glorifies the shooting of gay men.

In October 2009 Banton was quoted in news reports as saying "This is a fight, and as I said in one of my songs 'there is no end to the war between me and f----t' and it's clear."

By nominating Banton for a prestigious Grammy Award the Recording Academy is turning a blind eye to Banton's support of deadly violence against gay people.

Andrea Shorter
Deputy Director of Marriage and Coalitions
Equality California