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Petitioning U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica Pamela E. Bridgewater

To uphold the U.S. Visa denial of Jamaica's Anti-gay Reggae Artist "Sizzla" whose real name is Miguel Collins.

Through his anti-gay murderous lyrics, Sizzla Kalonji has endangered the lives of homosexuals by calling for their death in Jamaica. Several of Sizzla's songs such as Bad 'Man Don't Apologize and Murder Dem' have portrayed violence towards members of the gay community.

Granting a U.S.Visa to a foreign anti-gay extremist, such as Sizzla to profit from homophobic performances, is not what the U.S.A represents, OR the President's administration. Singing lyrics or making comments that call for hatred against, violence to and/or murder of LGBT people are not acceptable in the United States of America.

Homophobia is widespread in Jamaica and through the songs and behavior of some musians like Sizzla who helps to perpetuate homophobia through his caustic anti-gay lyrics.

Like other murder music artistes, he also has a history of making homophobic comments or delivering anti LGBT rants from the stage during performances. (See Sizzla’s “Kill LGBT” Songs below and Amnesty International USA “’Battybwoys affi dead:’ Action against homophobia in Jamaica”  http://bit.ly/lfBJm4 )

Sizzla continues to violate his Reggae Compassionate Act agreement. On February 24th, 2011, at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Black History concert series in Kingston, Sizzla sang two of his “kill LGBT” songs “Get to the Point” and “Pump Up.” These two songs are in the “Dancehall Dossier,” see link below. On April 24th, 2011, at the “Coke Zero Live on the Waterfront” event in Montego Bay, Sizzla called for execution of gays and then sang Buju Banton’s “kill LGBT” anthem “Boom Bye Bye.” Sizzla at Coke Zero Live on the Waterfront

Anyone who opposes the promotion of hatred, violence and vigilante killing or lynching should be encouraged to speak out against Sizzla and the other “kill LGBT” performers.

Hence we are urging Madam Ambassador, Pamela E. Bridgewater and the U.S. embassy in Jamaica not to grant Sizzla a U.S Visa to promote his hate and intolerance towards homosexuals through his music in the United States.

 

 

See link below for more info: Source

 

http://my.firedoglake.com/heathen07/2013/10/15/who-is-sizzla-and-what-is-he-doing-now/

 

 

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    Pamela E. Bridgewater


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