Beenie Man reggae show canceled over homophobia complaints

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June 25 2004 11:00 PM ET

A Jamaican reggae star found himself without a British venue to perform in Thursday night as police investigated complaints that his lyrics incite violence against gays. London reggae venue Ocean said it had pulled a concert by Beenie Man, one of Jamaica's top dancehall performers, following discussions with police and because of "concerns for public safety." Police said on Friday they had stopped Beenie Man on his arrival at Heathrow Airport this week, following complaints that he would be using homophobic lyrics at his show. "It was a very informal discussion, and he was not under caution, nor was he arrested," said a spokeswoman. Gay rights group OutRage! which spearheaded a campaign against his performance, called the cancellation a "triumph over homophobia." Last year, performances by Jamaican reggae singer Bounty Killer were also canceled following an OutRage! campaign. (AP)

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