It is not working it seems as some of the comments on these blogs which I will not promote here suggest that even yardies themselves are seeing through the smoke screen that the gays have flopped his tour. One comment suggested that it's only the underground Jamaican and West Indian following that have been supporting the show and the all important mainstream white and Afrian American audiences are no where. The letters and petitions from Buju's management have fallen in deaf ears in some instances as most venues who have cancelled are more interested it seems in preserving their good relations with the respective GLTBQ populations and conducting future business fearing a fallout.
Apart from Beenieman who has come out in support for a short while in the Miami leg of the tour very little has been heard from the dancehall fraternity not even the elite artists or other Murder music artists such as Capleton, Sizzla or Bounty Killa. It begs several questions:
- Why are they so silent?
- Do they fear that in speaking out against the current gay backlash that their careers may also stall?
- Why hasn't the local media here in Jamaica carried a balanced and true picture of Buju's ill fated tour?
- Are they keeping quiet just to save face?
- Did the dancehall fraternity think they could continue to hit out in the way they were?
- Are the dancehall acts worried about the loss of possible income if they stand up against this backlash? (most artists earn from US and European tours)
More to come on this.
Buju just do the right thing and pull the song from the market and renounce the evil pronouncements and move on. Be a man.