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Reggae Singers Warned over Anti-Gay Lyrics

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Reggae Singers Warned over Anti-Gay Lyrics

Reggae Singers Warned over Anti-Gay Lyrics

Reggae Singers Warned over Anti-Gay Lyrics

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In the wake of the publicity generated by protests in London and Philadelphia over anti-gay lyrics in the music of Jamaican dancehall star Beenie Man, sportswear manufacturer Puma warned a group of reggae stars performing in a Puma-sponsored Olympics concert that it would pull the plug if they sang homophobic material. One of those singers, Buju Banton, has already had concerts cancelled in Germany, where hate speech laws are strict. RJ Reynolds has bumped Beenie Man from 14 concerts on its Salem "Stir Your Senses" U.S. tour. Joel Rose of member station WHYY reports.