Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beenie Man Apologizes... (sort of)

They were not lying when they said money talks...

Where do I start? I believe this video of Jamaican Reggae artist Beenie Man speaks for itself. As I watched the clip a few thoughts and questions  came to mind...

-What exactly IS Beenie looking at every few seconds. I have never officially studied body language but I am pretty sure looking away is a sign of dishonesty.

-Is he wearing a red pleather jacket? Honestly, I really would like to know.

-Why is the media labeling this vifeo  an "apology" or an "epiphany"? Beenie does not use the words sorry or apology/apologize, forgive, wrong, etc at any point in this video. If he did, I certainly missed it. What I did hear was Beenie  asking people to leave him be, leave the past in the past,  and not crucify him for songs he created when he was young and consequently naive.

-All in all I 'm left wondering just how much is  Europe's Rototom Sunsplash. paying artists? Or more importantly how much money were Reggae artists loosing as a result of people protesting their lyrics. After some research I came across The Reggae Compassionate Act that was signed by Beenie Man, Buju Banton, Sizzla, and Capelton in which the artists  stated (among other things)"we agree to not make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community." Please click on the link or enlarge the picture of Beenie Man's signed version to read the entire act.

Beenie Man's Signed Compassionate Act

I  wish this video came across as a more authentic apology...but I guess it's a step in the right direction...
What do you think? 

1 comment:

  1. Almost immediately after signing his Reggae Compassionate Act agreement in 2007, Beenie Man denied that he signed it

    Then, on December 5th, 2009, Beenie Man got on a stage in Kampala, Uganda and sang "Mi Nah Wallah," a song in which he says that he wants to cut the throats of all gay men This was a violation of his Reggae Compassionate Act agreement.

    You can see more of Beenie Man's "kill LGBT" songs in the "Dancehall Dossier" all four of the songs were released since 2000. The most recent one was released in 2004, "Batty Man Fi Dead."

    Beenie Man has more homophobic songs than are in the "Dancehall Dossier." Check out the "BIGGEST BATTYBWOY KILLING ANTHEMS OF ALL TIME" website at I count 20 Beenie Man songs listed there. Four of them released in 2004.


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