Sacramento Gays and Lesbians protesting Capleton concert
A Sacramento gay and lesbian group is urging Harlow’s nightclub to cancel Saturday night’s concert by controversial dancehall reggae star Capleton.
Thursday, September 30, 2004
(MUSIC) Capleton is one of several Jamaican artists under fire for gay-bashing lyrics. His song Burn Out the Chi Chi advocates killing gays. (MUSIC) Lambda Community Center executive director Robert Brody says the fact that he’s booked in a nightclub near Sacramento’s so-called Lavender District is deeply offensive. We’re talking like, really, what would be considered the extended Lavender District of Sacramento, meaning the Gay area, so I mean to have something in the heart of that or so close to it is just unfathomable for me. Brody says Capleton’s lyrics amount to hate speech. Even though we definitely support free speech and artistic expressions, there’s a difference I think between that and somebody that’s saying things that talk about killing people and burning them. I think the only solution is to cancel the concert and to issue an apology. Brody says protestors will rally outside Harlow’s if the club doesn’t cancel tomorrow night’s concert. Harlow’s management didn’t return our request for comment. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.