Vybz Kartel Shows Compassion for Gays?
Many reggae artists find themselves between a rock and a hard place these days. LGBT groups are doing their best at silencing some of our favorite artists. Why? Well, It’s no secret that dancehall music has traditionally expressed anti-homosexual beliefs. It’s also no secret that Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton, Capleton, Sizzla and Beenie Man are the major artists who have expressed crime against gays in their lyrics.
Hate crimes are increasing in number by the day and worldwide LGBT groups think the music is a direct impact, so they attack the artists who sing the lyrics. This is nothing new, but Vybz Kartel’s Most Recent Actions may say a lot about the entire movement against hate…
Kartel, government name Adijah Palmer, recently signed the Reggae Compassionate Act which is a part of the Stop the Murder Music Act. It was written almost three years ago but only a few weeks ago, on September 22nd, Vybz Kartel decided to collaborate with the human rights coalition to pen his signature in support.
According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Kartel asked “What’s the big deal? So what if I did?”
…Well…Signing this act and actually following through is more than just getting a new group of people to like his music. It’s about deciding whether he should alienate his legions of fans that already support his music as ruthless and as gritty as it is.
On one hand, Kartel will reach broader audiences, perform more and get backed by LGBT groups with financial pull, and on the other hand, his music may change and he may lose the fans who loved his music dutty to the core.
So again, what’s the big deal? Does signing this act prove to be forward progression for reggae music and the fight against hate or is it just a detrimental career move for Vybz Kartel as a staple dancehall artist?
What do you think?