I saw that graffito on an ad in a subway station in Chelsea yesterday. Today I learn that it is also the stated position of the music industry's AIDS education program.
Homophobic reggae group T.O.K., who sing about burning homosexuals, is scheduled to perform at a July 18 concert by LIFEbeat. The concert is being put on to raise awareness of AIDS.
Beenie Man, who converted to Rastafarianism at the behest of his producers, has performed lyrics in which he advocates "execut[ing] all the gays." He's featured in the press release:
Beenie Man stated, "HIV/AIDS is a serious threat to the black and West Indian communities, and hip-hop and reggae is the voice that speaks to and for our community. I'm proud to lend my voice to fighting the spread of AIDS through the LIFEbeat concert."
Sean Paul and General Strike, who have stood up for tolerance, are not scheduled to perform.