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The concert is slated for February 20 in Auckland, New Zealand. Beenie Man, like many other Jamaican dancehall acts, has been targeted for perceived homophobic lyrics. He has been replaced by lesbian reggae singer Diana King, the first Jamaican artist to publicly come out as gay, reported GayNZ.
Beenie has since admitted to the New Zealand press that his homophobic lyrics were wrong and that he is a changed man.
In 2012 he made an apology of sorts on YouTube where he stated that he had nothing against gay people.
“I have nothing against no one. I respect every human being regardless of which race, creed or which religious belief..regardless of which sexual preference you have including gay and lesbian people,” the artiste said at the time.
But it is clear his apology holds no water with the gay activists who claim his post was about self-interest and was insincere.