Sunday, August 22, 2004

BAN ON BANTON: As the campaign against violent homophobia in music continues to gather pace, a slew of Buju Banton dates in Germany have been pulled. The organiser of the Saarbruecken Festival, Dragan Nikitovic, said he was so disgusted by Banton's lyrics he wouldn't have him on stage even if he meant he lost money - although it's not quite clear how Banton was booked in the first place, since his calls for the slaughter of gays haven't actually just come to light. Meanwhile, a German gays right group LSVD are taking advice about a possible prosecution of Banton if he comes to the country at all - Germany, of course, have very strong anti-hate-crime legislation.

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