Buju Banton’s lyrics include shooting gay men with UZI’s and pouring acid on them and human rights advocates say his performances have no place on stage. In a piece for the Minnesota Independent today, I write about the controversy and about Minneapolis’ First Avenue canceled the show.

Minneapolis’ First Avenue appears to have canceled an Oct. 4 concert by controversial Jamaican reggae artist Buju Banton after the Minnesota Independent inquired about the appearance. Banton, whose lyrics have advocated killing gay men — both with submachine guns and by pouring acid on them — has had a handful of shows canceled by venues after pressure from the public.

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