by Bob Doran
Previously from Lara & Brian Cox - Arcata Theatre Lounge
In support of the community who have expressed great concerns over the message and lyrics of this performer, we will be canceling the Bounty Killer Nov. 28th show.
We have in the past shown our support for the gay community and anti violence with events such as the Benefit for Marriage Equality, the Multi-cultural Queer Film Fest and Veterans for Peace: Speak Out Film Fest and hope both the gay and straight community will consider this and show their support for future events.
In closing, we would like to mention that for future shows we will make more effort to research potential artists who may represent violence against others.
After being cancelled the show moved to Eureka:
Lion's Den Entertainment presents Bounty Killer in an exclusive North Coast appearance on Saturday November 28 at The Red Fox Tavern in Eureka.
Then following further intervention by Queer Humboldt, that show was cancelled too.
From this week's Hum:
If you were a rough and tough dancehall singer from Kingston born with the wimpy moniker, Rodney Basil Price, you'd probably think about changing your name. Thus we have Bounty Killer, a badass dude with a rep. For what? Well, he's known as a killer deejay (as in rapper) and for his collab with No Doubt in 2001. He's also known for his arrest record: a domestic violence beef in 2006, two arrests at JA's Reggae Sumfest, one over a fight and in 2008 for slackness: excess profanity on stage. He's also been the victim (if that's the right word) of the anti-gay-bashing blacklist. Outrage!, the British org, tried (and failed) to convince Scotland Yard to arrest him for inciting violence and harassment against the gay community through his lyrics. No arrest, but two of his shows over there were cancelled...
For a comprehensive, thoughtful history of anti-gay elements in Jamaican music check out the Murder inna Dancehall portion of the Soul Rebels website.