Jamaican reggae singer Beenie Man, who was removed from the line-up for Big Day Out in 2010 as his old anti-gay lyrics created a storm of public outrage, is now keen for people to know how his views on homosexuality have evolved.
We’re talking about extreme homophobia here – the lyrics of his early song Mi Nah Wallah stated he would like to cut the throats of all gay men.
In recent years as Beenie Man’s international career has struggled with concerns about his past tracks swirling around him, he’s apologised through written statements and promises never to repeat any anti-gay slurs.
Now a video message followed up by an interview with gay magazine The Advocate shows the artist as someone who’s had a serious wake-up call in the last few years.
“A man love a man, that’s his feelings, his heart, his passion, ya understand?” he now says of homosexuality, and adds that he now works with a few gay people. “Let’s say (hypothetically) I have a cousin who’s gay. I’m not gonna kill him. I’m not gonna hate him. I have to support him with a choice that he make.
“He have to have somebody to support him cause if the whole family turn they back against him, he end up committing suicide cause he might think he made the wrong choice. Your choice is your choice. Your decision is your decision. It’s not mine. It’s not for me to tell him that you’re wrong.”
The Advocate then asked: “So how would you personally feel if your only child, your son, turned out to be gay?”
“Well I can’t feel no ways,” Beenie Man replied. “He’s my son. I love him already. It’s not gonna make me hate him. All left to do is to support him and guide him through.”
Watch Beenie Man’s video apology below…