Dancehall artist Sizzla banned over homophobic lyrics
Jamaican dancehall artist Sizzla has been refused by Melkweg pop stage, a popular show podium in Amsterdam, over his anti-gay lyrics.MelkwegAmsterdam
Sizzla, born Miguel Orlando Collins, April 17 in 1976, was scheduled to perform on Sunday, March 16. People who already purchased tickets will be refunded, a Meldweg spokesperson announced on Monday.
Melkweg staff on Sunday came across images of a festival in Jamaica where Sizzla performed. One of his songs was about how, in his opinion, men and women should not have sex with someone of the same sex. According to Sizzla his statement is based on the Bible. Sizzla thinks he should be able to make such a statement, in view of his right to freedom of speech.Sizzla
Apparently Melkweg does not share his opinion. The organization does not want to provide a stage to anyone who sings such “very hurtful and hateful lyrics.’ The Sting festival in Jamaica is of the same opinion. Sizzla will no longer be allowed to perform at the festival.
In 2007, Sizzla signed a document in which he renounced previous anti-gay statements. He then also promised to no longer sing anti-gay songs on European stages.
Melkweg informed Sizzla’s management there’s no need for him to stop by. There has not yet been a response from the artist.