CALL TO ACTION:
Join GLAAD in Calling on the Recording Academy to Denounce Music that Promotes MurderCONTACT:
Director of National News
Director of Public Relations
In his most notorious song, “Boom, Bye Bye,” Banton sings that “batty men” (a slur equivalent to ‘fa**ot’) “have to die” and that he will “shoot batty men in the head” or “burn them up bad.”
“It’s outrageous that The Recording Academy has chosen to honor, with a Grammy nomination, someone who proudly and unabashedly performs music that glorifies the violent murder of gay and transgender people,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “We need to send a strong message to let the Recording Academy and music industry know that promoting artists who advocate such acts feeds a climate of intolerance that can put members of our community at risk for violence.”
TAKE ACTION NOW:
Call on Recording Academy President Neil Portnow to use Sunday’s Grammy Award celebration to denounce songs and artists that promote bias-motivated violence. Tell The Recording Academy that by rewarding artists like Buju Banton with a prestigious Grammy nomination, the Academy is turning a blind eye to the promotion of hate-based violence and even murder.
Barb Deghan, VP Communications
The Recording Academybarbd@grammy.com
Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations
The Recording Academy email@example.com
Sometimes a case of anti-gay defamation occurs that warrants GLAAD to go beyond issuing a Call to Action and take a stronger stance for equality. Unfortunately, this happens more than a few times a year and requires the flexibility to make an investment like we’ve done by placing this ad together with the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. Your support today of $40 or more will enable GLAAD to act swiftly, when a more a more aggressive stance is warranted, and engage our partners in a conversation about the concrete harms caused by promoting hate and violence. Please consider making a contribution today and help GLAAD change a heart and change a mind.
For more information, visit www.glaad.org/bujubantonAbout GLAAD
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is dedicated to promoting and ensuring fair, accurate and inclusive representation of people and events in the media as a means of eliminating homophobia and discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
For more examples of our work, visit www.glaad.org/snapshots.
Saturday, January 30, 2010
CALL TO ACTION: Join GLAAD in Calling on the Recording Academy to Denounce Music that Promotes Murder
Posted by De Sube at 1/30/2010 09:35:00 AM