Behind the Beenie Man Shutdown
The show's organizers said they feared a "possibility of violence at the concert from the firestorm incited by a select group of activists."
In Beenie Man's native Jamaica, it's more often LGBTs who've had reason to be afraid. Last year, Elena Oumano reported for the Voice on the movement to shut down reggae artists whose lyrics activists say openly advocate the killing of gay men and lesbians. Beenie Man's hits have included lines that would seem to cheer the lynching of sexual minorities, including this one: "Hang chi-chi gal wid a long piece a rope."
Here's what Beenie Man told Oumano about his work:
"A lot of guys come into the ghetto and influence little boys with clothes and shoes and them things, then molest them," says Beenie Man, who claims his lyrics target child abusers only. "I man nah response fi who you want, as long as him a big man. It's all about the youth."