Say No to “Murder Music”
Buju Banton, the anti-gay Jamaican dance hall, ragga, and reggae
singer, whose song “Boom Bye Bye” advocates killing gay men with
submachine guns and by pouring acid on them, is coming to Detroit’s
Majestic Theatre on Wednesday, September 30th. Banton is a singer
whose music promotes violence against LGBT people through lyrics such
as, “Anytime Buju Banton come, faggots get up and run … they have to
die.” He sings that he will shoot them in the head or “burn them up
After receiving a flood of e-mails and calls, Live Nation, which
operates the House of Blues, AND AEG/Goldenvoice have now cancelled
all their Buju Banton concerts. Shows in California, Florida,
Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Utah and Minnesota have all been cancelled,
but not at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre. Local LGBT community leaders
have attempted on numerous occasions to contact the theatre owner, but
calls took days to be returned and at least one conversation indicated
Owner Dave Zainea would not cancel the show.
ACTION: Call Dave Zainea at Majestic Theatre and ask him to cancel the
show: 313-732-7768 or 313-833-9700 x215 or email@example.com.
Or contact “Papa Joe”, Joe Zainea, the theatre owner’s father and
business partner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-833-9700 x204.
If the show is not canceled local LGBT organizations, including
Affirmations, Transgender Detroit, and Triangle Foundation are
prepared to organize a demonstration outside the doors of the theatre
the night of the concert.
Details on the concert: http://www.majesticdetroit.com/theater.asp
Wednesday, September 30th at 8:00pm
Kathleen LaTosch, MSW
Chief Administrative Officer
290 West 9 Mile Road, Ferndale, MI 48220
Direct line 248-677-7215
Main line: 248-398-7105
Metro Detroit’s community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual &
transgender people and their allies.
Thanks to Kimberly Wilder, Long Island, NY for this.