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Pepsi ‘regrets’ sponsoring homophobic Beenie Man concert

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  1. What say Toyota who were apparently also involved with that concert?

  2. Congratulations Pepsi, it’s good to see support from you

  3. Pepsi should know better than to sponsor homophobes who they appear to have no background knowledge on! Do your homework! Will Pepsi pull out of Uganda if the proposed gay hatred laws are passed by this disgusting and homophobic government? and as for Beenie doing a gig there…what can you say…Homophobic Jamaican murder music rapper singing in another homophobic country! Vile mixes with vile!

  4. Simon Murphy 9 Dec 2009, 4:17pm

    Beenie Man and Uganda – a match made in heaven.

    Let’s be honest – those savagely homophobic African countries will soon be the only places he can find work.

  5. I’m struggling to understand how Pepsi couldn’t have known before hand, this idiots views on LGBT folk. It’s not as if there hasn’t been enough press coverage, either here or in the USA.

  6. Jean-Paul Bentham 9 Dec 2009, 5:41pm

    What’s a pepsi??

  7. Simon Murphy 9 Dec 2009, 5:43pm

    AngieRS: “I’m struggling to understand how Pepsi couldn’t have known before hand”

    Quite possible. It was not Pepsico head office who sponsored his concert. It was their Ugandan bottling partner:

    “Our bottling partner in Uganda was not aware of the performer’s views and never would have sponsored the concert with this knowledge.”

    They are lying of course when they pretend that their Ugandan bottling partner would not have sponsored the show. They can’t possibly know how this company would have acted (but considering how backward and savagely homophobic Uganda is, I think we can draw our own conclusions)

  8. Is this just a simple case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand was doing?
    A simple search engine could’ve given them all the background they need on Beenie Man, so even if they had homophobes right at the top of the Pepsi chain of command I would imagine they’d understand the amount of potentially hostile publicity this would generate for their brand. On that basis I can’t imagine they’d give it the seal of approval at the top in the full knowledge of who they were sponsoring.
    Unless of course they didn’t reckon on the news travelling further than Uganda.

  9. Oh Moses

  10. At least Pepsi have apologised, which is more than Diageo managed after sponsoring the Red Stripe festival in Jamaica. They’ve stopped sponsoring it now but have, to my knowledge, yet to acknowledge that they were wrong to sponsor murder music.

  11. And this is after Bennie Man sent an email to the NZ Big Day Out organisers saying that he no longer performs those songs. The guy is a looser.

  12. Jean-Paul Bentham 10 Dec 2009, 6:32am

    “He (Beenie Man) played a gig in Uganda last Saturday. The country is currently considering a new law which would execute or jail for life gay people.”

    And Pepsi ‘regrets’….Dah, eight ball in the corner pocket…Slam!!!

  13. “Our bottling partner in Uganda was not aware of the performer’s views and never would have sponsored the concert with this knowledge” Uganda! Given their attitude towards Gays, as already stated, I should think his lyrics go down a storm eh! What is it about these people that think we are so inhuman we should all be killed!!!!

  14. Just stumbled on a Youtube linked TV news article in which the NARTH inspired author of the book sited by Ugandan authorities as justification for their opressive policies towards the LGBT community (one Richard Cohen) attempts to defend himself… He gets totally eviscerated by Rachel Maddow, the interviewer.

  15. For lyrics and information about 8 dancehall performers: “Dancehall Dossier”

    For more information:

  16. When things got tough in the west for tobacco companies they refocused on selling their cancer sticks to poor Africans. Pepsi and Beenie Man are now eager to sell their tooth and brain-rotting products over there.

  17. Jean-Paul Bentham 11 Dec 2009, 8:54am

    flapjack: 15.

    “eviscerated”….hahaha!!! You got that right!

    Who reads this stuff??

  18. Am surprised that nobody knew of Beenie Man’s aggressive homophobic violence promotion but at least they have apologised. A few thousand to an LGBT cause would also help show that their apology is sincere

  19. beenie,can you go hang and kill gays and lesbians in your motherland before you advocate that to Ugandans????you not different from murders

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