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Gay rights activists clash over tackling Jamaican homophobia

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  1. Cultural Colonialism at its best. Real change has to come from the community in question; change cannot be imposed.

  2. Har Davids 14 Apr 2009, 6:48pm

    J-FLAG knows the situation there; so let them give us some tips. I don’t know if there are many Jamaican products to boycott where I live, but harming a company that supports gay rights is the last thing that should happen.

  3. Cobus Fourie 14 Apr 2009, 7:46pm

    I wholeheartedly support the boycott, the world should say NO to hate. And being a pragmatist, I believe in those U.S activists.
    Taking a teleological ethical approach the ends justifies the means. Maybe that beer company should apply some pressure on their government…

  4. Christina Engela 14 Apr 2009, 7:53pm

    I agree – if those companies were to launch or sponsor campaigns to end homophobia or educate their customers then their products could be removed from the boycott list. until they do something, they are the only way we can put effective pressure on the country as a whole.

    We in SA are also supporting this ban of Jamaican goods.

    Solidarity!

  5. Cultural imperialism at its best. When will the West learn that true change cannot occur if it is imposed

  6. Yes, Red Stripe did threaten to withdraw sponsorship for reggae stage shows in which violence was being preached. They did not, however, specifically mention gays as having been the object of those attacks. The fact is that J-FLAG, the Jamaican gay rights organization, is constrained in what it can say. There is evidence that the Stop Murder Music campaign against homophobic reggae singers resulted in some violent backlash against gays. So, even if they wanted to, J-FLAG would be hesitant about supporting the boycott.

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