Jamaican reggae star Beenie Man, who achieved international stardom and infamy with songs that have included violently homophobic lyrics, has come out with a new video.
In the remarkable new clip, Beenie Man (Anthony Moses Davis) literally begs for forgiveness for his past sins, disavowing older songs with lyrics such as "Hang chi chi gal wid a long piece of rope" [Hang lesbians with a long piece of rope] and "Tek a bazooka and kill batty-fucker". [Take a bazooka and kill gay men]
Beenie Man said: "I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief you believe in, and regardless of which sexual preference you are, including gays and lesbian people," he said:
"There is no one in this world is the same as they were 20 years ago – I know I am not. I was a kid and I come from Waterhouse, which is a small community. I never know what the world is like and what the world is all about. But now I know that people live in this world that live their life differently from my life. I still have to respect and love human beings."
With this seemingly heartfelt apology, the self-styled King of Dancehall joins a growing number of prominent musicians – notably in the often swaggeringly macho and homophobic rap world (a generalization, perhaps, but a hard one to refute) – to come out in support of gay rights.
so what do you guys think, sincere or not?