(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Reggae star Sizzla’s five date UK tour has been cancelled due to protests by gay rights activists, reported BBC News. The outrage stems from lyrics such as "fire fi di man dem weh go ride man behind" which translates into “burn the men who have sex with men” according to OutRage! a gay rights group.
Sizzla, born in Jamaica and hailed as the artist responsible for returning dance music to its reggae roots, has released 25 albums over the last nine years. His lyrics, along with those of other reggae artists such as Beenie Man, Elephant Man and Bounty Killer, are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police’s Racial and Violent Crime unit, the BBC reported.
Despite Sizzla’s signature on papers promising not to use racist, sexist or homophobic lyrics in any of the five shows, none of the concerts will take place. Brett Lock, a member of OutRage! considered the cancellations a victory.
He told the BBC, "We are glad that those who stood in the way have come to their senses and that all the thousands and thousands of people who took up the call [to stop the concerts] have been successful." –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers