When Jamaican reggae singer Beenie Man was removed from the Big Day Out line up recently he claimed that singing homophobic lyrics was a thing of the past. However, according to Africa’s Daily Monitor, the singer recently performed in Uganda, where MPs will soon decide on what’s now being called the “kill the gays” bill, and he sung his song Mi Nah Wallah, in which he says that he would like to cut the throats of all gay men.
The paper quoted Beenie Man on stage last the weekend as saying to the crowd: “In my family, we don’t have any gay person but if you’re gay, my brother that’s not my fault.”
Beenie Man’s hateful message couldn’t come at a worse time for Uganda, which could potentially soon see laws changed to impose the death penalty for men who have gay sex with disabled people, under-18s or when the accused is HIV-positive. The bill is expected to be passed this month.
Some are calling for a boycott of soft drink giant Pepsi, because they were a principal sponsor of Beenie Man’s concert in Uganda. They have since issued an apology, saying:
“We are appalled by the performer’s lyrics and find them repugnant. Our bottling partner in Uganda was not aware of the performer’s views and never would have sponsored the concert with this knowledge.”