Dutch festival bans Snoop Dogg in favour of ‘anti-gay’ Beenie Man
A Dutch music festival has reportedly signed up the ‘homophobic’ Jamaican rapper Beenie Man to replace Snoop Dogg in order to preserve an “open and friendly atmosphere”.
Parkpop, a free, open-air event in The Hague to be held this weekend, rejected Snoop Dogg, saying he was unsuitable for the event.
There were reportedly fears his fans could instigate violence at the event.
Instead, Beenie Man, who was banned from the same venue two years ago, will replace him, Dutch News reports.
The singer, real name Anthony Moses Davis, has a number of songs which advocate the murder of lesbians and gays.
Lyrics include “I’m dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays”, while another song suggests lesbians should be hanged.
A press release from Snoop Dogg said he was “astonished” at being dropped from the festival.
It added: “[He] is a mainstay at music festivals all over the world and has performed at all of these without incident.”
Snoop Dogg has had problems with entering countries in the past. In 2006, he was temporarily banned from entering the UK, although the ban was lifted to allow him to play Glastonbury this year.
Last November, Beenie Man had a string of Australian and New Zealand tour dates cancelled after gay groups protested at his lyrics.