Wednesday, July 12, 2006

LIFEbeat update

The partly homophobe reggae AIDS-awareness concert to be held in New York next week and blogged about here (below) and elsewhere has been canceled. LIFEbeat, the concert sponsor, has conceded to criticism that anti-gay Beenie Man and TOK were perhaps inappropriate messengers for the cause but does so in an embittered, accusatory statement, harshing the bloggers who opposed the homophobe performers by painting the international group of writers and activists as a select group of potentially violent freaks. Nice.

To its credit, LIFEbeat included in its statement this olive branch: "Dialogue is important and LIFEbeat’s staff and board respect the opinions of those who came forward to make their feelings known. We have always and will continue to support the GLBT community." Okay. Alright. Maybe we've all learned something.

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