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City seeks ‘anti-gay’ album ban The first city-wide boycott of reggae and rap albums with “anti-gay” lyrics is being considered in Brighton.
Councillors want music retailers HMV, Virgin Megastore and MVC to stop selling albums with homophobic lyrics in its Brighton and Hove branches. While the council does not have the power to ban their sale, it can urge retailers to act on their objections.
“We do not condone such lyrics, but customers should be able to make their own choices,” an HMV spokesman said.
“Brighton and Hove is regarded as the gay capital of England. We decided we should take a stand against the record stores,” said Brighton councillor Simon Williams. “Whilst freedom of expression is valid in most cases, it ceases to be valid when you are talking about incitement to murder people.”