Old Sizzla interviews – hear what the man say
Yesterday I did write the following :
This evening SIZZLA is billed to do his thing
- and yes, Jamaica is a pretty homophobic place, which doesn’t mean to say that tourism to Jamaica should be banned. There’s a lot of the hullabaloo about his anti-gay stance – and the viciousness of his anti-gay stance is exaggerated and in the opinion of some people who are well acquainted with the Jamaican scene it’s understood that is just hot air and some macho-talk which is not to be taken literally. Rasta man does not go around executing people because they are gay – any more than Bob Dylan should be taken as literally giving this advice:
“Well, look it here buddy
You want to be like me
Pull out your six-shooter
And rob every bank you can see
Tell the judge I said it was all right
Hopefully, the music will be great – as usual and will not be diminished by any homophobic message or advice ( it’s not the centre-piece of his vision which is more of live and let live). It’s almost certain that he will not rant or rave – boisterously – about man-to-man & woman-to-woman love, here
It turns out that the concert was cancelled because of pressure from the powerful gay community and sympathisers who are against any discrimination based on sexual orientation. It sounds like a matter for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of gender relations, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Culture – and when we eventually are that developed, we will bring in the Ministry of Sound…..
The headlines blare ‘Gay-bashing’ reggae star’s gig put off again
The disappointed fans react: Bombaclat !
I haven’t consulted with my Jamaican brothers and sisters yet – there’s one of them in particular, I call him DD ( Doctor of Divinity) and every time he sees me or I pass by, he starts whining incessantly about homosexuality and homosexuals – no matter what time of day it is. Every time we meet, the first thing that he starts complaining about is that there are too many homosexuals in this town. He goes on and on. I finally got round to telling him to save his breath, that I am not one. Which probably doesn’t make him too happy either – because many years ago I had followed the Brethren to Uppsala for a gig and he had had to go back to get the equipment – speakers etc. When he got back to the flat a few hours later everybody was was gone and it was just me and his girl sitting on the floor in half lotus positions, sipping our cups of tea and exchanging pleasantries.
“What are you doing here?” he asked me.
His eyes were red, my pants were on ( they had never been off) so, to avoid any altercation – or even suspicion I just got up and left without trying to explain. I told you the guy’s eyes were red – and I had once seen him break a bottle of beer on some Arab guy’s head – so I left without a word. His woman. Some people are prepared to cut or kill or bruise for their woman. I’ve seen it happen times without number.
But DD is not my enlightener. I have another Jamaican mentor, Noel. He has enlightened me about many matters, not least of all the political history of Jamaica since 1970. I must add one little thing. In my birth certificate my father is identified as being “ British West Indian.”
We have to understand these things:
- Jamaica is not Sodom and Gomorrah.
- Jamaica does not celebrate or glorify homosexuality.
- In Jamaica you are not going to hear sermons glorifying homosexuality in churches, mosques or synagogues.
- Homosexuals do not have to report themselves at the nearest police station
Frankly, it’s difficult to understand what all the fuss is about, when we consider that the righteous SIZZLA renounced homophobia some four years ago when he signed the Reggae Compassionate Act , which rejects homophobia and sexism. Not only that, in coming to do a gig in Sweden he and the promoters of his concert are well aware that Sweden does not tolerate any agitation against any of the diverse sexual practices prevalent over here – and not only that certain kinds of discrimination have been criminalized as reported here : anti-gay flyers are not covered by “free speech” and occasional visitors/ tourists are expected to comply with Swedish Law – just as it would be unthinkable that any bunch of students merely drunk or insane would go and hold a slave auction in any part of the Caribbean island of Jamaica, just for fun…..just because they think that they are Tarzan or Iron man – or even gay-man…..or stone-age man.
That being the case, the question is, on what basis has his concert been cancelled? Racism?
The sins of his past?
All said and done, the dominant mood of good reggae is: One Love and the lyric to One Love (Bob Marley) includes these Christian lines :
There is one question I’d really love to ask Is there a place for the hopeless sinner,Who has hurt all mankind just to save his own beliefs?
I think that because Sizzla has renounced having homophobic lyrics he should be allowed to play in Sweden – with the proviso of course that he abide by what he has agreed to and that he does not perform any song that would compromise his standing as a new man.
N.B. It’s not everybody that’s going to ” apologise” to any bat or “battyman”
- and hopefully, that too is not a criminal offence ina Sweden.
Maybe the prophets would like to apologise ( for what?) but not all of us….
Last word on tolerance : SIZZLA in ISRAEL