Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Jamaican Me Angry
Well, the political correctness police are at it again—this time, their target is a harmless Jamaican singer named Beenie Man, who just wants his listeners to dance, have fun, and commit hate crimes:

MTV pulled the Jamaican singer from the [festival] roster Tuesday after South Florida gay activists announced plans to protest Saturday's concert in Miami over some of his past lyrics, including "I'm dreaming of a new Jamaica, come to execute all the gays" and "Queers must be killed." ... Beenie Man's manager, Clyde McKenzie, said "in many instances the lyrics of dancehall artists are metaphorical."
You see, it’s the “queer” inside us that must be killed—the queer that represents, you know, something bad. “Kill the queers” is just a handy metaphorical catch-phrase like “drop the ball” or “read the riot act” or “eliminate the Jewish menace.” For example, one might say, “You really killed the queers last night at that party.”
"I'm not here to cuss people. I make music. But at the same time I just want to teach people—my sons and my daughters—the right way of life," [Beenie Man] said.
And the right way of life is to... kill queers! Thanks for the tip, Beenie Man—you’re making the world a better place, one (metaphorical) dead queer at a time.

UPDATE 8/26: Incidentally, am I the only one who thinks that dancehall peaked with "The Tide is High"?