Music Um, Kerri Harrop…
My name is Steven Severin and I am one of the owners and talent buyers for Neumos. I am personally responsible for booking Buju Banton. Below is a letter from Buju’s label, but I wanted to let you know my two cents as well.
Neumos does not condone any homophobic, racists, or any other asshole tendencies in our club. Many of you know me and are aware that I am very gay friendly and have tons of homosexual friends and acquaintances. Under no circumstance would we knowingly bring a homophobic artist to town.
No one needs to force Neumo’s to create genre-excluding standards for what types of performance artists it will (and will not) bring to town. Severin has already established those standards himself, and quite clearly: Neumo’s would never knowingly allow a homophobic artist to perform.
The question is what Neumo’s is going to do about this particular artist now that people have noted his homophobic past.