The meeting, organized by SF mayoral candidate and supervisor Bevan Dufty, also included, executive director of the SF gay community center Rebecca Rolfe, Equality California’s Andrea Shorter, SF Supervisor Eric Mar and activist Michael Petrelis
“The meeting was very civil and productive, even though at times I had to play the “bad cop” activist, especially when Buju was dominating the discussion, and we made several suggestions for him to consider, in order to start to undo some of the problems he has in the gay community because of his past anti-gay lyrics.”- Said Petrelis
Petrelis also said the group proposed that Banton think about making statements in Jamaica calling for love toward gays, donating to the JFLAG group, hold a town hall meeting in Kingston about the need to respect gays, and sing about loving gay people.
Apparently Petrelis living in lala land or something cause all his suggestions were turned down by Buju and his camp DWL! like seriously dude what did u expect? dwl, still dont get why Buju even met with them tho...hmm...
Majority of Buju's shows were cancelled. Mind you, this is mainly over a song Buju did in 1992 titled 'Boom Bye Bye' where Buju is fire burning the gay community.
In '04 he (Buju) was tried and acquitted on charges that he participated in the beating of 6 gay guys, mind u, there were no witnesses! smh, and in '07 he signed the Reggae Compassionate Act, promising not to perform songs that advocate homophobia.
Now, I know these fags dont go to every Buju show so how would they know if he's still djing 'boom bye bye'? I've been to a few Buju shows and all I hear is great music, nothing fag related, music for your soul, so what is it that these ppl want? for him to join them?? I feel like they're forcing Buju into something they know damn well is not relevant.
I would love to hear what Buju has to say after this
For now I will pause on my fire burning, but it will continue after 5p.m est. haha!
here's a pic of Buju and dem over the weekend. Luuuist Petrelis is the one sitting infront with Buju (smh..not even a pic i woulda tek wid dem!). Still dont get the reason for the meeting since nothing came out of it...
here's another pic: Buju & Petrelis boom fist