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Jamaican star Capleton’s Basel concert cancelled after Swiss gay groups protest

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  1. I doubt he can help singing these songs. I suspect he’s a ‘one trick pony’.

  2. Edward in Los Angeles 12 Nov 2008, 12:51am

    Bravo to the Swiss. It’s time we start educating people full-time on the difference between hate speech and free speech. Imagine a reggae singer using lyrics about killing blacks or Jews or Asians. That’s unimaginable. We gay people have to start standing up for ourselves with all our might. Witness the protests in California this past week. As a gay man it even surprised me that gay people have found their anger. When it comes to civil rights a healthy anger often leads to awareness and a change in public perception.

  3. Good news, keep thugs like this out. Too right Edward: the meek do not inherit the earth… time you all marched on Washington!!

  4. K. Mitchell 12 Nov 2008, 12:37pm

    As a Jamaican, I am glad that these artistes are being forced to look at the messages that they are sending out. Artistes like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and others didn’t work so hard to bring Jamaican music to the world stage for them to besmirch it. A lot of them don’t exactly realize that their messages of hate and violence are reaching children as young as three years, who have no idea what the songs mean, but are singing them anyway. This is a big part of the reason why Jamaicans are unable to do any better much of the time: because these messages have been blasted into their already mushed up brains from an early age; and no one is willing to really do anything. There would be greater impact on these artistes if Jamaican stageshows were cancelled due to the present standards; a civil war might ensue, but it would be worth it to have Jamaicans understand the gravity of their behaviour.

  5. Muslims preach hate against gays all the time… I don’t see anyone banning them from the country

  6. Terry Floyd Johnson 12 Nov 2008, 6:06pm

    This man isn’t a singer, nor a musicican, but a hate-o-phobe, who is dressing up his dripping from the mouth hate in music, trying to be a instigator of murder and violence.

    He needs to be stopped. His playinb reggae doesn’t give him the right to be a spearhead of hate, violence and mob behavior, or individual criminal behavior.

    He’s obviously, incapable of admitting to his insanity, so the world needs to keep him off the stage and off TV and any other visual and listening media.

    He is a mouthpiece for the hatred of those who are to blind to see beauty and love, in anything, but that, which reflects their hatred back on to them.

    He wouldn’t be missed from the music scene; it would be far better without him.

  7. Har Davids 13 Nov 2008, 8:14pm

    Incitement to murder is a criminal offence in most ‘civilized’ countries and in some ways Jamaica doesn’t seem to be one of them. It seems to be pretty easy to sign the Reggae Compassionate Act (RCA) and then go on preaching hatred, as many reggae performers seem to do. This act is a paper tiger, no decent person should be required to sign a statement like that, it should be normal to refrain from incitement to violence.

  8. Why are these reggae/rap ‘stars’ so far up their own rear ends that they can’t see that inciting hatred & violence against any ‘Other’ group just provides an excuse for those so inclined to ‘return the favour’ with similarly bigoted & violent sentiments against the group they are seen to represent?

    Those who support these fools with cash & attention need to think about that.

  9. how dare you gay people !!! I am OUTRAGED to know that these freaks have the power to stop a show that other normal people enjoy!!!!! if they dont like it dont listen!!!!! fcck your (rca)and prop 8 stuff it up your azz like you do with everything else

  10. How dare you gay people!!!! I am outraged to know that these freaks have the right to stop a show that normal people enjoy!!!! fcck your (rca) and prop 8 stuff it up your azz right along with everything else you stuff up there

  11. Bill Perdue 14 Nov 2008, 6:04pm

    Excellent news. Capletons bigotry is linked to christian bigotry and there is no defense for them.

  12. Bill Perdue 14 Nov 2008, 6:05pm

    Excellent news. Capletons bigoty stems from an imposed christian bigotry.

  13. Josh Stewart 14 Nov 2008, 8:18pm

    Unfortunatelybarnet i will have to disagree… don’t get me wrong i have gay and lesbian friends… but to dismiss their lyrics because you don’t agree with the message is tantamount to violating their right of free speech. While we may not agree with groups such as the KKK, Neo-Nazis and the like we do have to agree they have the right to voice their opinions no matter how irrelevant of ignorant…. if you start down this road where does it stop….?

  14. more life

    ‘normal’ people do not enjoy listening to lyrics inciting the murder of vulnerable people — very sick, very stupid, or otherwise psychologically impaired individuals do.

    Josh Stewart

    It’s actually not uncommon for venues to refuse to host performers or groups who incite hatred or violence. It’s not a ‘free speech’ issue, it’s an issue of ILLEGAL incitement to murder.

  15. Nellie Henry 15 Nov 2008, 4:38am

    Eevery one has the right to express themselves the way they want, Its music, If u dont like it dont listen to it…Stop being so SENSITIVE!!!!

  16. Nellie Henry

    Really??? Do the BNP, the KKK and their neo-fascist fellow travellers have the ‘right’ to ‘express themselves’ by inciting the harassment and murder of ‘N*****s’???

    Think about it, ****tard.

  17. Good. Stupid sonofabitch. He’s probably in the closet and this is a case of self-hatred.

  18. ‘josh stewart’ – incitement to violence is not freedom of speech, and ‘expressing an opinion’… surely you get the difference?

  19. Carole Lewis 17 Nov 2008, 3:56pm

    WHY EVERYONE THINK JAMAICANS ARE THE ONLY PEOPLE WHO FIGHTS AGAINST GAY PEOPLE. MUSLIMS EXECUTE ANYONE WHO IS OF THEIR FAITH AND ARE GAY, A COUNTRY IN AFRICA GAVE THE GAYS 24 HOURS TO LEAVE THEIR COUNTRY, SO WHY GAY PEOPLE ONLY HAVE STRENGTH FOR JAMAICANS? LEAVE US ALONE AND GO ON LIVING YOUR DIRTY LIVES IF YOU WANT, WE JAMAICANS DON’T GIVE A DAMN WHAT YOU DO AND WHO YOU DO IT WITH BUT DON’T ACT AS IF YOU WANT US TO CONDONE IT BECAUSE UNTIL ONE OF YOU GAY PEOPLE CAN SHOW ME IN THE BIBLE THAT GOD SUPPORTED IT, THEN YOU CAN TALK TO US JAMAICANS. IF ANYONE IS ILLITERATE AND BACKWARD IT IS DEFINITELY NOT US BECAUSE WE ARE ONLY TRYING TO LIVE THE WAY GOD WANTED US TO AND THAT IS FOR MAN AND WOMAN TO COME TOGETHER TO MULTIPLY THE EARTH AND WORSHIP HIM.

  20. Carole sweetie, can’t turn off the CAPS LOCK, can we? Its one of the pretty lights on the keyboard… you should try using your fingers to type, its far more effective than that club you’re obviously using.

    What a wonderful place Jamaica must be… I can just picture it now:- sitting by the beach, nothing to do all day but eat books and beat “sinners”, and dance around a fire of offensive art while humming delightfully homo-hateful songs by “gifted” reggae stars. I can see how proud you’d be of your country… its truly gods country, he mist be so proud of you all. We simply must book our next holiday over there, I’m sure our vast wealth will assist your sad little economy to educate peasants, like you Carole dear, to use lower case letters on internet sites.

  21. carlene richards 27 Nov 2009, 4:45am

    i agree because the jamaican government will never try to make a change for gays , so if the only way we can slow uo their econmy is not to buy thier music am all for it, matter of fact all them products, people have a right to live their lives free from violence.

  22. carlene richards 27 Nov 2009, 4:53am

    WHAT I WOULD LIKE IS EVEN TWO DAYS WHERE NO TOURIST GO TO JAMAICA, AND THEN THEY WILL GET WHAT WE ARE SAYING THAT WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO HIT THEM POCKETS, JAMAICANS WILL SELL YOU OUT FOR A RICE GRAINS IS WHY THE CRIMES, AND HATE IS SO HIGH IN JAMAICA, TILL THE PRIME MINISTER SET THE SAME LAWS FOR EVERYONE IT WONT BE BETTER. WHEN GAYS ARE KILL THE EXCUSE IS THAT THEY MAKE ADVANCES, WHICH STOP THE INVESTIGATION, ONCE YOU ARE GAY AND YOUR LIFE FACE A DEAH THREAT NO POLICE PAYS ATTENTION, WE NEED WORLD WIDE ATTENTION, COUNTRIES OUGHT TO STOP INVESTING IN THIS COUNTRY

  23. I BELEIVE WE LIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY NOW AND ALSO I BELIEVE THAT WE AS HUMANS HAVE COME A LONG WAY TO STILL HAVE SO MUCH HATE FOR OTHERS. WHAT ASTONISHES ME ABOUT THESE ARTIST’S IS EXPECIALY AS BLACK ARTIST THEY KNOW HOW IT FEELS LIKE TO BE DESCRIMINATRD FOR WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE FEELS LIKE, WE HAVE BEEN GOING THREW IT FOR DECATESAS BLACK PEOPLE. ITS TIME TO CLEAN OUT OUR ACTS!!!! WE MAY OR MAY NOT UNDERSTAND GAYS AND LIASBIAN’S BUT IT DOES NOT GIVE US A RIGTH TO TAKE JAH’S POSITION AND SIT ON A AN EARTHLY THRONE AND BEGING TO JUDGE SO HATEFULLY. I AM BLACK WOMAN LIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA I MAY NOT BE LESBIAN BUT I KNOW JAH HATE’S HATRED. I LOVE RAGGA BUT I CAN’T NOT ASSOCIATE MYSELF WITH PEOPLE OF SUCH HATE FOR OTHER HUMAN’S BECOUSE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY DO BEHIND CLOSE DOOR’S. TOO MUCH HATE IS GOING ON AROUND THE WORLD AND IT’S US HUMN’S, THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US AND ANIMALS IS THE SENCE OF REASONING….!!!!

  24. HATE IS WRONG WE DON’T HAVE A RIGTH TO TAKE JAH’S POSITION AS HUMAN’S FOR WE ALL SIN IN OUR OWN DIFFERENT WAYS!!!!!!!!! JUST KEEP THE FIRE BURNING…..

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