Saturday, February 06, 2010

Reggae Singer's Humboldt Concert Canceled;
Where's GLAAD?

I've received word from Mitch Trachtenberg, who operates the Humboldt Against Hate blog, that homo-hating reggae singer Capleton's concert at the Mazzotti's club in Arcata has been canceled. After some pressure by local activists, the owner of the venue, Joe Mazzotti sent this cancellation notice to Trachtenberg:

Thank you for your inquiry in regards to Capleton! We were unaware that He had been So aggressive in his actions, It was my understanding that Numerous well known artists had been listed and that he was one of them but had signed an RCA Agreement and so we were assured by the promoters who rents the room that he was all good now!

That is now known to be Very Untrue! for this reason the show has been Canceled!

Mazzotti's has and always will support any persons right(s) to live happily, healthy and free of the kind of Violent acts this Hater espouses!

We hope that this "DOES NOT" Cause you to reconsider any future involvement with Mazzotti's on the Plaza!

I called the club to thank the owner for his action, but didn't get a live person on the line. The voice mail system picked up and the outgoing message said the Capleton concert was canceled. Nice of the owner to inform callers of this development.

While this is good news, unfortunately this hateful singer has added concerts in California, Nevada and Florida. Here is the latest info on Capleton's performances this month:

San Diego, CA, on Monday, February 15, at the San Diego Sports Arena.

San Luis Osbispo, CA, on Wednesday, February 17, at the Downtown Brewing Company.

Crystal Bay, Nevada, on Thursday, February 18, at the Tahoe Biltmore.

Oakland, CA, on Saturday, February 20, at the Fox Theatre.

Long Beach, CA, on Sunday, February 21, at the Long Beach Arena.

Miami, FL, on Saturday, February 27, at Bayfront Park.

I've sent emails to the executive director and director of public relations, Jarrett Barrios and Richard Ferraro, of GLAAD, asking if they're planning any protests over Capleton's tour. So far, I've not received a reply and can't find anything posted on the GLAAD site about the latest homo-hating Jamaican performer to hit America's shore for profit.

If GLAAD's leaders decide to take on demonstrating against Capleton, I'll share that info.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great news - The San Luis Obispo concert iS CANCELLED!

Many thanks to the Brew Pub for working with the huge local and international community of opposition, taking responsibility, and refusing to be complicit in hate.

CALL TO ACTION: OAKLAND CONCERT

ONE MINUTE, ONE LOVE:
STOP THE CAPLETON CONCERT IN OAKLAND ON FEB 20th

[THE MESSAGE]

I request that Fox Theater in Oakland refuse to allow anti-gay “murder music” singer Capleton to perform in the Ragga Muffins Festival on February 20th. Concert venues in Arcata and San Luis Obispo have already cancelled his February performances in response to massive local, national and international protest from communities and human rights organizations.

Capleton’s lyrics call for the immediate genocidal torture and execution of lesbians and gays. He continues to violate a contract that prevented him from inciting hate crimes.

Do not help spread violence, murder and hate. Remove Capleton from the lineup now.


EMAIL & CALL THE DIRECTOR OF FOX THEATER

Phil Tagami, President of the Board of Directors
info@foxoakland.org
(510) 869-3519

EMAIL THE CONCERT PROMOTION STAFF

Another Planet Entertainment
Danielle Madiera
510.548.3010
danielle@anotherplanetent.com
yourfriends@anotherplanetent.com

EMAIL & CALL THE OAKLAND TRIBUNE EDITOR

TimeOut/Entertainment:
Lisa Wrenn, 925-943-8251
lwrenn@bayareanewsgroup.com


Local News
Martin Reynolds, 510-208-6433,
mreynolds@bayareanewsgroup.com


Letters to the Editor
http://www.insidebayarea.com/feedback/tribune

Opinion
Dan Hatfield, 925-977-8430
dhatfield@bayareanewsgroup.com

Business
Drew Voros, 925-943-8099
avoros@bayareanewsgroup.com

Anonymous said...

AWESOME NEWS!

There is word going around that massive local organizing in SF & Oakland & Berkeley is planning vocal protests at the 4th street Berkeley headquarters of Another Planet Entertainment...every day until the concert is cancelled.

that sounds great! Please post more information here if anybody hears more details...

Michael said...

thanks for the messages of great news. i will do my part to spread the word about the call to action info regarding the oakland concert.