Video: A Gay comic from the UK questions Elephant Man’s homophobic lyrics, the comic decides not to tell Elephant Man he’s gay. ( I don’t blame him.)
Today’s feature song is by TOK (who also refused to sign the Reggae Compassionate Act) and it’s entitled "Chi Chi Man." However, I can’t deal with having to hear the lyrics of the entire song, so it’s only a snippet and believe me it’s a snippet too long but enough for you to get the picture.
Not too long ago controversial reggae artist Beenie Man signed The Reggae Compassionate Act, that invited all people to enjoy his music without fear of violence, including gays whom he had previously attacked with their lyrics.
But fellow brethren Elephant Man declined to join in the lovefest leaving many to question his sincerity about turning over a new leaf and being sorry for lyrics that called for the murder of gays.
As luck would have it, both Elephant Man and Beenie Man are scheduled to perform in Los Angeles on Sunday, July 22, 2007 at the 10th Annual Caribbean SeaBreeze Festival.
Now, I figure now is as good a time as any to fight both the homophobia and sexism that exists in popular music today. Recently, there’s been many campaigns kicked off to bring to light the use of the words “bitch” and “ho” in hip-hop lyrics and a vow from various women’s groups and civil rights organizations to continue to shine a light on this issue in the Black community but at the same time, let’s take a look at the homophobia that’s just as prevalent in hip-hop and reggae music.
Just like I don’t want to be called a ho, I don’t want to listen to lyrics being sung by people that look like me that call for people like me who are gay to be killed.
I’m not sure which is worse, being called a bitch or having someone sing about getting a Tec-9 and shooting me dead.
Considering that Elephant Man declined to sign The Reggae Compassionate Act, one has to wonder whether or not he is still homophobic and encouraging the death of gays through their music. It seems simple enough. Sign a piece of paper that says that all people are free to enjoy your music without fear of violence. I mean it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that signing the Act could only help him. It looks far more suspicious that he didn’t sign if you ask me.
While this isn’t a concert to benefit those living with AIDS, it is nevertheless being held in a city with huge population of same-gender loving people, Long Beach.
In a perfect world, I would be able to sit down with Elephant Man and ask him face to face point blank, what’s the deal with you and gays and hopefully get a straight answer, no pun intended.
Just last May, Buju Banton, another reggae artist who refused to sign the Act, was still enthusiastically performing the song “Boom Bye Bye” here in the States even after his management stated he wasn’t performing the song anymore.
So what’s the deal? Inquiring minds want to know.
I love reggae as much as the next person just like I love me some hip-hop. But when you use your music to call for the murder of people because you don’t like who they love, well then, that’s when I have a problem and I don’t think that Elephant Man should be allowed to perform any of his songs that do just that. I really don’t think Elephant Man should be performing in the States period until he addresses this issue, but I am willing to settle for him not performing those songs in particular for the mean time.
I’ve left several messages for the promoters of the show but to no avail.
Maybe you can help out. Let me know if you can get an answer on whether or not he plans to sing his “murder the batty bwoy” songs.
Caribbean SeaBreeze Festival, Inc.
A Sampling of the Offending Lyrics
Elephant Man – "A Nuh Fi Wi Fault"
Battyman fi dead!
Queers must be killed!
Please mark we word
Please mark my words
Gimme tha tec-nine
Give me the Tec-9
[Tec-9: semi-automatic assault pistol]
Shoot dem like bird
Shoot them [queers] like birds
Elephant Man – "We Nuh Like Gay"
Battyman fi dead! Tek dem by surprise
Queers must be killed! Take them by surprise
Get a shot inna yu head, inna mi big gun collide.
I am going to shoot you in the head, you are going to meet up with my big gun
Gimme me Tec-9 General B, wid de chrome wah a shine
Give me the Tec-9 General B, the one with the chrome that shines
[Tec-9: semi-automatic assault pistol]
Elephant Man – "Log On"
Log on and step pon chi chi man
Log on and step on a queer man
[Log on is a type of dance using the right foot in a stepping motion as if to squash a cockroach – the lyrics boast about crushing queers.]
Dance wi a dance and a bun out a freaky man.
Join our dance and let’s burn out the queer man
Step pon him like a old cloth
Step on him like an old cloth
A dance wi a dance and a crush out a bingi man .
Join our dance and let’s crush queer men
Do di walk, mek mi see the light and di torch dem fast
Do the walk, quickly let me see the lighter and torch
[lighter and torch: makeshift aerosol flame thrower weapon]