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Oct 8, 2014

UNIBAM’s Attorney Says It’s About Violence…Not Anti-Gay Lyrics

Lisa Shoman

Three weeks ago an injunction against controversial artist Alkaline put him under manners, bound to keep his lyrical peace and tone down the sex. And now another artist is being threatened with similar action, by UNIBAM. Anthony Davis, better known as Beenie Man, is set to perform on October eighteenth alongside Black Chiney Sounds. A letter has been written to promoters asking for an undertaking that there would be no violent lyrics sung or played at the upcoming concert. That violence in his lyrics is allegedly aimed at the Police, the Pope, homosexuals and women. According to UNIBAM’s attorney Lisa Shoman, it’s not about the homosexual thing, but about violence, and she says it is absolutely not any form of censorship.

 

Lisa Shoman, Attorney for UNIBAM

“People have a right to expect that any artist that comes to Belize, especially one who is being sponsored by our national telephone company, is going to come here but will not sing violent lyrics. That really is what it is about.”

 

Mike Rudon

“Now there are those who have been very vocally pro-LGBT and those that have been very vocally anti-LGBT; then there are those in the middle who have just said you know what, I might not like the fact of a man sleeping with another man, but to each his own; everybody has a right. Is there a fear that these people who are all for freedom of expression and for people’s rights would say you know what, you people are pushing it a bit too much?”

 

Lisa Shoman

“Here’s the deal, it is not about gay people, it’s about violence. This addresses violent lyrics and the violence could be expressed towards the police, it could be expressed about the Pope, it could be expressed about women; it could be expressed about gay people. So the focus is not the LGBT community; it is a call for there to be no violence…no violent lyric song, no violence expressed. And I think it is a reasonable call. It is not censorship because UNIBAM is not asking for anybody to be censored. It is not saying that Beenie Man should not come; it is not saying that Bobby Chin should not come.  It is saying come, but we don’t want you to sing violent lyrics. We don’t want you to express sentiments like bun this one, bun dah one, this one need wah piece a rope and it shouldn’t be said about police, about women and about LGBT persons. Everyone has a right to their own opinion. UNIBAM as an organization has expressed its opinion and it has not sought to go to court first. It has made the request and if we get the undertaking, written or verbal, we will gratefully accept that undertaking. If we don’t the organization has said that it will reserve its rights including the right without notice to go for an injunction. That decision has not yet been made, but it will be studied of that isn’t forthcoming.”

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6 Responses for “UNIBAM’s Attorney Says It’s About Violence…Not Anti-Gay Lyrics”

  1. Lamppost says:

    Who are they to judge??? But they want society to accept their sick , nasty and confused world… I think they worst than any body .

  2. Belizean says:

    Then Lisa, I think it is time you put your focus somewhere else. You are in this for money, that is ALL!!! If you really care about the youth, and about the crime, the violence, I would say you should go out on the streets and preach. Go out there, give training, school the young people, talk to the radio statons about what they’re airing!! Come on, its so obvious that you are in this for money.

  3. CONCERN GIAL says:

    IF ITS NOT ABOUT GAY LISA..THEN WHY IS OROSCO SO INTERESTED IN THE AND SOOOOOOO OFFENDED ABOUT THE MUSIC THE ARTIST SANG OR WHY IS HE AGAINST HIM PERFORMING HIS MUSIC…YOU AND CALEB NEED TO STOP ACT SO DAMN FOOLISH AND LET THE BELIZEAN ENJOY THEMSELVES

  4. negz says:

    OF course deh need to stop dem fool. Deh all up in everyones biz instead a try change deh life and stop chichimanism

  5. Kevin pope says:

    This is the first step toward making homosexuality legal in Belize. Smh. The country is only developing and majority of Belizean dont accept homosexuality due to the fact we wasnt raised or brought up that why.

  6. fonzo says:

    i agree with LISA its not about the LGBT COMMUNITY it is about the violence they promote through their so called MUSIC. Once youths listen to sensible music which abstain from violence people will realize that violence is not the only solution. TO BE HONEST I AM NOT A FAN OF BLACK MAN MUSIC …. AND NO OFFENSE TO THOSE WHO LOVE THOSE TYPES OF MUSIC… LISA DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO MAKE THOSE TYPES OF ARTIST TO CHANGE THERE WAYS WHEN SINGING IN BELIZE.

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