Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Management paints anti-gay Capleton as victim

Capleton, the raggae singer who’s called for the killing of gays and lesbians, is striking back at critics.

A statement from his Kingston, Jamaica-based management said the gay community and Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation “have once again used their strong arm tactics to intimidate concert promoters and venue owners putting misinformation in the public about the artiste to further their own agendas.”

Capleton’s (pictured at right) February 20 appearance in Oakland was cancelled days beforehand, despite little protest from the LGBT community there. Outcries from activists in other parts of the state had led to the singer’s shows being cancelled in other cities.

According to the Stop Murder Music campaign, Capleton’s lyrics have included lines that translate to “All queers and sodomites should be killed” and “All queers who come around here/This mama earth says none can survive.”Claudette Kemp, the singer’s manager, has denied Capleton’s called for gays and lesbians to be killed.

The statement said, “Capleton is very disappointed that his many fans (that cross all races and creeds) have not been able to see him at his scheduled shows in California … He has performed at the same venues and festivals over the past two years with no incident bringing a message of love for all through Reggae music.”

“Capleton will continue to spread a positive and spiritual message through music to the four corners of the Earth and continue to stand firm that universal love can unite all mankind,” the statement concluded.

The singer is scheduled to perform Saturday, February 27 in Miami at the annual Bob Marley Day/Caribbean Festival 2010 and will feature his new song “Haitians,” in tribute and support to earthquake victims.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 25, 2010 @ 5:00 pm PST
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