A show that was slated to be performed at the Vieux-Fort Playground in St.Lucia, by reggae performer Capleton has been cancelled. However, the accounts of what led to the cancellation differ.
The Gay Liberation Network ( GLN ) issued a press release Oct. 15 stating that ” [ t ] hrough a series of negotiations this week and last and with the threat of a demonstration, [ we ] and other community activists were successful in persuading management at Vieux-Fort Playground in St.Lucia … to cancel Kill Gays dancehall performer Capleton for a show originally scheduled for late this Saturday night, October 16th.”
GLN’s Oct. 15 release also mentioned the anti-gay past of St.Lucia and other caribbean islands like Jamaica, the home of reggae music: “In human-rights circles, Capleton’s Jamaica has one of the worst reputations for anti-LGBT mob violence in the hemisphere, with St.Lucian police openly tolerating it.
Following recent internet pictures by St.Lucian men in the same area where the show was scheduled…
The release went on to say, “The cancellation of Capleton is a victory that all human-rights supporters should savor. The Gay Liberation Network, which initiated the campaign against Capleton in Chicago, commends Vieux-Fort Playground in St.Lucia management for putting human-rights principles above dollars by canceling the show.”
GLN’s statement concluded with the organization urging people to purchase “a drink or two” Oct. 9 “so that the management and staff there know that Chicago is willing to stand behind those who follow their conscience.”
Capleton CMO in a report said they were attracted by a fan on facebook from that part of St.Lucia, where over 230 photos of this art was found