Music UPDATE: Bad Buju still bad
The main argument in defense of allowing Buju Banton to perform at Neumo’s on Wednesday is that he wrote his infamous shoot-and-throw-acid-on-the-gays song Boom Bye Bye when he was 15 and, since then, has matured greatly and written many, many popular, non-hateful songs.
Does that logic stand if it turns out Buju is still performing the song?
Check out this (shaky, badly recorded) YouTube video of Buju leading a sing-along of Boom Bye Bye in Miami last May.
Also, although Buju’s recording label has sort-of apologized for the song, Buju himself has yet to personally apologize.
So will Neumo’s cancel the show? The owners are worried that Buju’s label will sue them for breaching contract is the show is scrapped. But I just got off the phone with Dave Kubiak, the owner of The Bluebird (in Bloomington, IN!) who hosted Buju without incident three years ago, but cancelled his performance this September after widespread protests from the GLBT community in the college town. The Bluebird didn’t get sued for breach of contract — but they also paid Buju for the show that didn’t go on. “We just didn’t want to offend anyone,” Kubiak told me, “but for a club to pay someone who doesn’t perform — that’s a tough decision.”