COPENHAGEN, Denmark (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A Danish gay-rights organization held a demonstration prior to a concert by Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton on Tuesday, because of controversial gay-bashing lyrics in one of his songs.
“We want to draw the public’s attention to this man, who is a declared enemy of homosexuals and who should not be allowed to express himself because he fuels hatred against m inorities,” Mikael Bo Larsen, president of the Danish Gay and Lesbian Association, told the AFP.
The association called for the demonstrations outside The Rock, a popular Danish concert venue, which drew more than 250 protestors.
Banton’s lyrics have mentioned shooting gays, attacking with acid, and burning them alive.
“Nothing justifies these calls for violence and murder, not even the artistic freedom of expression,” Larsen said.
Promoters of the show said they had obtained a promise from Banton that there would be no expressions of homophobia at the show.
Denmark legalized gay marriage in 1989 and accords homosexual couples most of the same rights enjoyed by heterosexuals. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers