2009 December

Examiner: Eminem makes censorship deal with UK gay-rights organization

Several activist groups, including Outrage! Rights group, had planned to protest his scheduled performance in Britain in the summer 2010, as they had previously in 2001.

According to the UK’s Evening Standard, in an attempt to keep controversy to a minimum, Eminem has agreed to refrain from using derogatory remarks toward the gay community. Outrage! spokesman David Allison has agreed not to protest the event, and says Eminem is free to speak his mind as long as the words do not turn violent. He told the Evening Standard, “We have a condition that he does not use lyrics that encourage or incite hatred against gay people. He is free to express his views on gay people, as long as he stays off the violence and hatred. He has got plenty of other lyrics to choose from. In recent years he has become quite well-behaved.”

http://www.examiner.com/x-33302-Tucson-LGBT-Arts-Examiner~y2009m12d27-UK-gayrights-organization-makes-censorship-deal-with-Eminem

See also:

http://www.denverpost.com/celebritybuzz/ci_14064716

http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2009/12/28/Eminem_Censors_Self_to_Keep_Away_Protesters/

http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/printArticle.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=334285&version=1&template_id=38&parent_id=20

Daily Mail: Eminem to play first gig for five years in the UK after agreeing to drop homophobic lyrics

OutRage! spokesman David Allison said: “We have a condition that he does not use lyrics that encourage or incite hatred against gay people.

“He is free to express his views on gay people, as long as he stays off the violence and hatred. He has got plenty of other lyrics to choose from. In recent years he has become quite well-behaved.

“I think he realises singing songs advocating hate and violence just won’t wash any more. Society’s moved on in the last 10 years.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1238269/Eminem-play-gig-years-UK-agreeing-drop-homophobic-lyrics.html#ixzz0oCTX6mgE

Evening Standard: Eminem returns to Britain with a pledge to drop his anti-gay lyrics

The last time Eminem toured the country in 2001, gay rights group OutRage! protested outside his shows, saying his lyrics were homophobic.

OutRage! spokesman David Allison said: “We have a condition that he does not use lyrics that encourage or incite hatred against gay people.

“He is free to express his views on gay people, as long as he stays off the violence and hatred. He has got plenty of other lyrics to choose from. In recent years he has become quite well-behaved.

“I think he realises singing songs advocating hate and violence just won’t wash any more. Society’s moved on in the last 10 years.”

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23788052-eminem-returns-to-britain-with-a-pledge-to-drop-his-anti-gay-lyrics.do

PinkNews: Eminem drops anti-gay lyrics for UK gig

OutRage! spokesman David Allison said: “We have a condition that he does not use lyrics that encourage or incite hatred against gay people.

“He is free to express his views on gay people, as long as he stays off the violence and hatred. He has got plenty of other lyrics to choose from. In recent years he has become quite well-behaved.”

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2009/12/24/eminem-drops-anti-gay-lyrics-for-uk-gig/

Protest in London Against Uganda Bill: Peter Tatchell – OutRage! gay activist

Nearly 100 protesters rallied outside the Ugandan Embassy in London on Human Rights Day to support the Ugandan LBGTI community. They called on the Ugandan government to drop its draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which is currently being debated by the Ugandan parliament.

Under this proposed law, LGBTI Ugandans will face execution for certain homosexual acts and life imprisonment for all other same-sex acts – even mere caressing and kissing.

The London protesters included LGBTI activists from the UK and of Jamican descent, plus LGBTI campaigners from Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, the Congo and Kenya.

Pink Paper: Pepsi’s public regret over Beenie Man sponsorship

Peter Tatchell of London LGBT rights group OutRage! said: “We want to thank GLAAD and Change.org for their swift and effective lobbying of PepsiCo. Their efforts got a positive result. PepisiCo will be more careful in future.”

Earlier, David Allison of OutRage! wrote to PepsiCo: “We are shocked to learn that not only are you sponsoring the appearance of Beenie Man, the Jamaican dancehall music performer, but compounding the offence by sponsoring him in Uganda…Uganda’s government is currently proposing legislation calling for the imprisonment and execution of gay people.

“Backing a concert that includes a notorious homophobe in a country launching draconian legislation against people simply because of their sexual orientation is a singularly inept, not to say immoral….We ask that you withdraw your sponsorship and re-affirm your support for human rights,” wrote Mr Allison.

http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory.aspx?id=2118

See also:

http://www.gaytimes.co.uk/Interact/Blogs-articleid-6190-sectionid-637.html