This summer, a number of venues in Europe will offer a stage to "artists" who did call for the murder LGBT people. Inciting murder is a criminal offence. There is no right to incite the murder of other human beings. This goes way beyond an acceptable expression of opinion. It is time to speak up again and to call for a boycott of these events and their sponsors.
The Festivals Chiemsee Reggae Summer in Germany, Openair Frauenfeld in Switzerland, Amsterdam Reggae Festival in the Netherlands, Rototom Sunsplash in Spain, Sumerjam Festival in Cologne and Regalowisko in Poland planning to host the singer Beenie Man. A singer who is used to be known to call for murder of minorities. In December 2009 for example he sung his song Mi Nah Wallah on a Festival in Uganda, in which he says that he would like to cut the throats of all gay men. Here are some of Beenie Man’s other hateful Lyrics:
„All faggots must be killed!“
„Take a bazooka and kill bum-fuckers.“
„I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays.“
„Hang lesbians with a long piece of rope.“
The "D Club" in Lousanne, the „Zenith Paris – La Vilette“ in Paris, Volkshaus in Zurich, Live Music Club in Milano, Club Atlantico in Rome, People Disco Club in Catanzaro, Le Phare in Tournefeuille and the Amsterdam Reggae Festival have invited in May 2012 the singer Bounty Killer, who uses his songs to encourage murder of homosexuals:
"Bun a fire pon a kuh pon mister fagoty…."
„I’m ready to wipe out this faggot with a pure laser beam"
„Hear this likkle punk guh sing a battyman concept…To kill dis yah fool, to me dat is no stress Murder dem fast just like a Federal Express"
The Chiemsee Reggae Summer also invited TOK. Here are some of their hateful lyrics:
„Those who get together in a queer's car“
„Blaze the fire, let's burn them! (Burn them!!)“
„Those who drink in a queer bar“
„Blaze the fire, let's kill them! (Kill them!!)“
„Queers must die and that's a fact“
We demand that this Event Locations and organizers immediately withdraw their support of people who call for hate, violence, and murder -- towards gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people, and anyone at all! Hate speech is a crime and has nothing to do with free speech. Lesbian and gay people have a right to live their lives free from threats to “execute” them.
Let the event sponsors – Beck’s and MIGROS -- know what we think about their support for hate and violence. Tell them that we will not tolerate it, and we will launch a boycott.