Denmark: Activist campaigns against online sales of ‘murder music’

22 May 2008

Online music stores that sell so-called ‘murder music’ receive complaints from Danish gay rights activist.

Founder of the radio station Pride Radio Denmark, Martin Adelskov, has complained to and after coming across the hate-filled content by unsigned artist Jomo Minott on their webservers, reported on 21 May 2008.

“It’s insane that online music stores and free internet hosting services wont block users whose sole purpose, with their musical career, is spreading hatred though music,” Martin Adelskov told Pink News.

The ‘Stop Murder Music’ campaign, headed by activist Peter Tatchell who is member of the British gay human rights group OutRage! has now added Jomo Minott to its list of ‘hate artists’.

“The Stop Murder Music campaign urges organisations worldwide to intensify the campaign to cancel these singers’ concerts and their record, sponsorship and advertising deals,” said Peter Tatchell.

Reggae Compassion Act
In July 2007 artists Beenie Man, Sizzla and Capleton, who had previously released anti-gay hate songs, including incitements to murder lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, signed up to the Reggae Compassion Act, in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists.

The Act reads:

    • “It must be clear there’s no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia.We do not encourage nor minister to HATE but rather uphold a philosophy of LOVE, RESPECT and UNDERSTANDING towards all human beings as the cornerstone of reggae.
    We agree to not make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community.”

The agreement followed the three-year-long ‘Stop Murder Music’ campaign, which resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of the singers’ concerts and sponsorship deals, causing them income losses estimated in excess of five million dollars.

Not signed by all
“The other four murder music artists – Elephant Man, TOK, Bounty Killa and Vybz Kartel – have not signed the Reggae Compassion Act,” said Peter Tatchell to Pink News.

“These singers have incited the murder of lesbians and gays. They should not be rewarded with concerts or sponsorship deals.”



New on the list: Jomo Minott


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207 ‘hatred songs’ released in dancehall music are exposed on the website Murder Inna Dancehall. See the list:
Transcription and translation

‘Incitement to Murder: Lyrics of Dancehall DJs’
  “When they sing about male homosexuality, they use street terms such as MAUMA MAN (Maama Man), FASSY HOLE (or simply FASSY), FAGGOT, FISHMAN, FUNNY MAN, FREAKY MAN, POOP MAN, BUGGER MAN and the most commonly used, BATTY MAN (but man) and CHI CHI MAN (chi chi, in Jamaica, is the slang for vermin).
For women they use: SODOMITE, CHI CHI GAL or simply LESBIAN.”

Murder Inna Dancehall

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