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UK:Police slammed for allowing anti-gay gig

Sun 30 Mar 2008 In: International News View at Wayback

The Metropolitan Police have allowed a concert by artist Bounty Killer to go ahead, despite his lyrics inciting homophobic hatred and violence. The Jamaican reggae and dancehall DJ, born Rodney Price, has already had two concerts cancelled in Bradford and Birmingham following protests by the gay human rights group OutRage!, reports Price's songs typically feature lyrics which encourage the murder of homosexuals, for example: "You know we need no promo to rub out dem homo" and "Mi ready fi go wipe out this fag". OutRage! activist Peter Tatchell, who coordinated the British concert cancellation campaign, says: "Police claims that they are cracking down on homophobic hate crimes now look like a public relations stunt at the expense of the lesbian and gay community. "A white racist singer who advocated killing black people would not be allowed to perform anywhere in London, even if he agreed not to incite the killing of black people at his concert. "Yet when it comes to straight homophobic singers who urge the murder of gay people, the police adopt a softer stance. Why the double standards?" The story continues, with a video clip of a Bounty Hunter concert, on the PinkNews article linked below.    

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First published: Sunday, 30th March 2008 - 11:22am

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