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Where is all the hue and cry from the likes of Harrop et al.? Looks like Seattle isn't the only provincial little town to send Buju packing--it has happened in Oakland and now Los Angeles.

And this time, look at the culprit: The National Black Justice Coalition. The people have spoken. Welcome to market economics.

Posted by SB | September 28, 2006 9:49 PM

Kimberly - don't EVEN say it!

Now, go fetch me my pipe and slippers.

Posted by KIMBERLY'S BF | September 28, 2006 10:29 PM

What I find really interesting is that bookers don't seem to know much about the artists they're booking. I mean, Banton's reputation certainly doesn't seem to be very hidden, but both Severin (at neumo's) and the guy down in LA say they had no clue the guy was controversial when they booked him. Am I just naive to think this is odd?

Posted by genevieve | September 28, 2006 10:54 PM


The hue and cry from Harrop et. al. is right here. I'm huing, I'm crying, I don't think the National Black Justice Coalition should have pressured a club to cancel an already-booked show for political reasons.

What kind of "market economics," exactly, are at work when the booted artist can profitably hold the show at another club on the same night in the same town?

Which "the people" have spoken, when the artist is still playing to a packed house? It looks to me like a political interest group and a couple of club owners have "spoken" (or rather, been heard) here, not the people who attend shows.

Posted by robotslave | September 29, 2006 12:28 AM

Stop beating this dead horse already. Printing this does not somehow make your witch hunt justified. Please stop giving this guy the most press he's had in years.

Posted by BR | September 29, 2006 6:38 AM

Dan, don't you see? You're making all the homophobes uncomfortable by not letting this issue die. It's very insensitive of you.

Posted by DB | September 29, 2006 7:26 AM

I wish people would get this wound up about things like gay marriage and more important things of the such.

Posted by well | September 29, 2006 8:00 AM

Point of order: How many activists showed up to protest the Studio Seven show?

From the folks I asked who attended the show, all said no one could be seen or heard protesting.

The show went off without a hitch and not one problem was reported.

Nice work.

Posted by Pony Boy | September 29, 2006 10:20 AM

SB: as i pointed out yesterday, there has already been a slew of posts on this topic, where both stranger staffers and the great unwashed have had ample opportunity to relay their thoughts and opinions on this piece.

i stand by my original commentary, of which there is plenty of evidence here on ye olde slog. there is no need to keep repeating it.

thanks for the name check, though. gotta keep those google alert numbers rolling in.

Posted by kerri harrop | September 29, 2006 11:17 AM

The Stranger made sure this hateful Jamaican wasn't heard on Capitol Hill. When rural black performers sing about "killing faggots" it's just not cool.

Why can't you people understand that when American performers sing about "killing faggots" they are urban and know how to put the lyrics into context?

Posted by Stranger Fan | September 29, 2006 1:32 PM

For all that is holy, can we cancel the Kerri Harrop show already? Move it to a more remote venue? She's a broken record with a scuffed sleeve. Where's some Codeine when you need it (the band AND the liquid refreshment?) -end-

Posted by DJ Thunderclap! | September 29, 2006 4:43 PM

Everybody acts SO surprised at this "guy" being homophobic. what do you expect. He is a stinky, uneducated, stinkymon who speaks so poorly that nobody outside of his poor little island can understand him. Of course he is homophobic. what else do you expect from a stinky asshole from Jamaica which is Earth's butthole.

Posted by so | September 30, 2006 8:07 PM

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