BujuWithout any protest, homophobic reggae artist Buju Banton is set to take the stage at this year’s UCLA Jazz Reggae Festival on Monday, May 29, 2006.

Despite the fact that Banton was accused of being involved in a homophobic attack in Kingston two years ago, the producers of the UCLA Festival has apparently overlooked his long history of being homophobic.

While Banton said the charges were “completely untrue and wholly unfounded,” he continues to be protested for his song “Boom Bye Bye,” which is well known for the violence it calls for against gays including the shooting of gay people in the head, pouring acid over them and setting them on fire.

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, when we support artists like Banton, we become part of the problem.

I don’t know what the producers of the UCLA Festival were thinking when they booked Banton, but they obviously paid no attention to his homophobic background and the many protests around the world against him and his lyrics.

Let the producers of the UCLA JazzReggae Festival know that it is not okay to have homophobic artists headlining their event.  They would not let an artist who had a background of Jew bashing take the stage, why should gays and lesbians be any different.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

308 Westwood Plaza

311 Kerckhoff Hall

Los Angeles, CA 90024

jazzregg@ucla.edu 

Undergraduate Student Association
Jenny Wood
President
usapres@asucla.ucla.edu

Executive Producer:  Todd Hawkins, toddh@ucla.edu

Executive Assistant: Nicole Granby, ngranby@ucla.edu

Director of Sponsorships:  Perry Seaman, pdoggidy@ucla.edu

Director of Publicity & Promotions: Justin Mikita, jnmikita@ucla.edu

Director of Transportation & Accommodations: Heather Saunders, hsaunder@ucla.edu