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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Friday, 25 June 2004

Now this is really positive news!

A concert yesterday evening in Hackney (London) was cancelled on the advice of the police because some of Beenie Man's songs had provoked complaints that they contained "lyrics that are an incitement to homophobic murder and violence". Jamaican rap artists' songs are, unfortunately, riddled with this kind of filth. I watched a segment on a news programme earlier this evening (Channel 4 I think, but I can't be certain) in which a rap artist, it might not have been 'Beenie Man' as I was making dinner at the time and was listening with only half-an-ear, seemed to minimise the potential effect of such lyrics. Nonsense. If I were to stand up tomorrow in a public place and mouth similar obscenities, but directed at racial minorities or religious minorities then I would quickly and rightly be charged with, at the very least, public order offences. Gays are not similarly protected, but it is heartening to note that the police have begun to take note of what lies behind this noisome aspect of 'cultural diversity'.

UPDATE: (Saturday 26JUNO4 10.35 BST) There is a lengthier and more detailed report on this matter here.

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