Capleton Coming to CA
(Homo-hating Jamaica musician Caplteton.)
However, I promised him I'd at least spread his call to action, and at least blog about Capleton's homo-hate music and concerts:
Murder music singer Capleton is coming to Southern California, including the SF Bay Area. See venue details below.
In 2004, reggae dancehall singer Capleton had concerts scheduled in West Hollywood, Santa Cruz and San Francisco cancelled because of hate lyrics that advocated the killing of gays and lesbians.
After a global uproar caused concert cancellations worldwide, Capleton and others signed a "Reggae Compassion Act" in 2007, promising to no longer sing and promote the offensive songs. Unfortunately, he violated this agreement, causing Swiss and French activists to get his concerts canceled in 2008.
Concert promoters have booked Capleton to headline major reggae festivals in February in San Diego, Long Beach and the SF Bay Area!
Here's the background: The 2004 community response in California, and here's proof that he violated the terms of the 2007 agreement. Here are the details and contacts for the upcoming festivals.
San Diego on Monday, February 15, at the San Diego Sports Arena.
Oakland on Saturday, February 20, at the Fox Theatre.
Long Beach on Sunday, February 21, at the Long Beach Arena.
I told Peter I don't have the time and energy to take on this project. Did he think we needed to get the word out and rustle up other community organizers to start talking up pressuring the promoters, concert venues and laying plans for picket lines? He replied:
Yes, send the info re Capleton to other activists who can take it on. The key thing is to press the venues to cancel, on the same basis that they would not host a singer who advocated killing black people. Capleton has clearing violated the RCA. No more deals or negotiations.
Cancellations. Losing money is the only language these homophobes understand.
If anyone reads this and decides to make Capleton's upcoming California concerts a point of contention for the gay community, lemme know. I'll help publicize others activists taking this on.