Thanks to all who showed up to support John Gaines. It was great to see old and new friends dancing and enjoying the fun for a good cause.
I am saddened that the management of The Casbar has decided to move ahead with this concert. Until we start hurting the pocketsbooks of these establishments they will continue to speak out of both sides of their mouths. You can't pretend to be supportive and offer gay events at the club and then turn around and pay a performer who advises that we should be dead. I will not support Casbar with my money.
It would be sad to think that the Santa Rosa community does not care about hate speech or human rights. I called the Casbar and spoke to the Days Inn front desk person who knew about the protests. I left a message for the manager or a Casbar representative asking for a call back. It's been 48 hours and the phone call never came. Until Mr. Banton takes responsibility for his actions - regardless of when he committed them - he will continue to be "dogged" by this situation.
There has been phone calls about this show, but considering The Casbar is one of the most gay friendly clubs in Santa Rosa (being the host of 'Gay Night' aka Glam Thursday's for the past year), with the owner's insistence- Buju Banton will not speak of homophobic topics or perform any controversial songs.
Buju Banton's infamous song "Boom Bye Bye" says "gays must be killed' and it calls for gays to be shot in the head, shot with an Uzi, have acid thrown in their faces and to be burned like an old tire. This song has been controversial since it was released in 1992. In all those years, Buju Banton has never distanced himself from this song. For videos that show Buju Banton reiterating the anti gay statements in "Boom Bye Bye," see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46PASiOjdP4 "BUJU BANTON FIRE BURN BATTY" and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ8Z0biU_Zw "Elephant Man Buju Banton Shabba Ranks" In the latter video he refers to the churches and asks "What have I done wrong when I say that homosexuality is wrong?" With these words, Buju Banton is actually saying that he stands by the "kill gays" message of "Boom Bye Bye." For more information see http://cancelbujubanton.wetpaint.com/ and http://www.petertatchell.net/popmusic/buju-bantons-violations-of-the-reggae-compassionate-act.html
wicked show, stage diving and all
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