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Dancehall Reggae Artist Under Fire for Anti-Gay Lyrics

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Dancehall Reggae Artist Under Fire for Anti-Gay Lyrics

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Dancehall Reggae Artist Under Fire for Anti-Gay Lyrics

Dancehall Reggae Artist Under Fire for Anti-Gay Lyrics

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Jamaican dancehall reggae star Beenie Man has embarked on a U.S. tour to support his new album. Even though dancehall is an established genre in Jamaica and other regions of the world, Beenie Man is hoping to crack the U.S. market. Despite a glowing profile in The Washington Post, he may have a problem: His homophobic lyrics led Scotland Yard to intercept him at Heathrow Airport last month for questioning, and a London club cancelled a show for fear of protests by gay rights groups. Activists are calling for cancellation of Friday's show at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia, Pa. Of particular concern is the song "Bad Man Chi Chi Man," which critics say incites audiences to kill gays. Joel Rose of member station WHYY, reports.

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