If you listen to Jamaican poet and LGBTQ activist Staceyann Chin you will think Jamaica is the worst place on earth for homosexuals. This fib has been further exasperated by other LGBTQ groups like “Stop Murder Music” who have built a movement out of trying to stifle and kill Jamaican music with constant boycott of reggae artistes and events all over the world.
The truth is Staceyann Chin and all these gay rights groups that have been attacking and slandering Jamaican and Reggae music should issue an apology to the island and the entire reggae community. If Miss Chin and these gay rights organizations truly believe that Jamaica is the worst place for gays then they have not heard of Brunei.
Starting next week, anyone found guilty of homosexuality in Brunei will be stoned to death, according to a new penal code. The punishment will be “witnessed by a group of Muslims.”
The country’s strict new laws were announced back in 2014, and have been rolled out gradually. The latest phase of implementation, including the brutal new provisions, was quietly announced on the Brunei attorney general’s website on December 29, 2018.
While human rights groups were quick to express horror at the penal code, the various gay rights groups have remained mum. Instead you will find these groups in the Bahamas this weekend at the Buju Banton Long Walk to Freedom tour making sure that the reggae artiste does not perform the song Boom Bye Bye. So the gay community is more interested in fighting against homophobic lyrics than they are in fighting against homophobic laws.
Brunei is only one-sixth the size of Jamaica in terms of population but if the gay rights organizations really care about human lives they should be speaking up for gays in the tiny, oil-rich kingdom of just over 450,000 people. Instead they remain quiet and left the speaking out for Amnesty international.
“Brunei must immediately halt its plans to implement these vicious punishments, and revise its Penal Code in compliance with its human rights obligations. The international community must urgently condemn Brunei’s move to put these cruel penalties into practice,” Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Brunei Researcher at Amnesty International, said in a statement.
In comparison to its moderate neighbors Indonesia and Malaysia, Brunei has grown conservative in recent years, including banning the sale of alcohol.
Most likely Jamaica will continue to be dragged through the mud by gay organizations, reggae artistes will continue to face boycotts as they try to make a living but until the gay community are brave enough to confront their real oppressors, gays all over the world will continue to be oppressed.