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'Gay-bashing' reggae star's gig put off again

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'Gay-bashing' reggae star's gig put off again
16:11 CEST+02:00
Jamaican reggae singer Sizzla, who had been given the green light to perform on Wednesday night in Stockholm despite an initial cancellation, has been put off again after show promoters gave in to the backlash from the gay community.

A statement was released on Wednesday by Ulrika Westerlund, spokesperson for the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights (Riksförbundet för homosexuellas, bisexuellas och transpersoners rättigheter – RFSL).

In it, she urged concert goers to reconsider their decision, adding that "it should go without saying that gigs should not be booked for this man".

Slakthuset, the company behind the event, apologized on Wednesday afternoon in a statement, and acknowledged that the concert would be canned for the second time.

"We want to apologize to all who felt offended or have been upset because of all the commotion surrounding this situation," organizers said.

"We would also like to apologize to the large crowd of reggae fans who looked forward to this concert and hope that the audience understands and respects our decision."

They also added that they hoped the commotion would lead to a greater understanding and openness from both the gay and the reggae community.

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