Annette Gross

Going One-on-One Against Banton

Filed By Annette Gross | September 12, 2006 10:51 PM | comments

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From: "Annette"
Reply-To: "Annette"
To: David Kubiak
Subject: Buju Banton
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 17:05:49 -0400

I'm writing to express my outrage at the upcoming concert you're having with Buju Banton. This man is a homophobe and he has attacked gay men. Please cancel the concert. I am the mother of a gay young man and I wouldn't want him near your club. Bloomington is one of the first areas in Indiana to offer protection to gays and lesbians - how could you even think of bringing someone like Banton to your town? I urge you to cancel the concert!

Annette Gross
Carmel, Indiana

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----- Original Message -----
From: David Kubiak
To: Annette
Sent: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 5:30 PM
Subject: RE: Buju Banton

We understand your concern. Buju has played here before & made no homophobic remarks. Please note that we also hosted Miss Gay Bloomington last year & support the gay community. If a performer were no make any negative remarks from stage, they would not be invited back. We hope that you understand.

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From: "Annette"
Reply-To: "Annette"
To: "David Kubiak"
Subject: Re: Buju Banton
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2006 17:39:27 -0400

I can see both sides. I think the gay community is upset because you invited him to play in your club. I'm Jewish - so I guess it would be the same idea if you invited a Nazi to sing at the club. It's more the symbolism than anything else. What will you do if he sings a song against gays, telling people to hurt or kill them?

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If he made it the focus of his show, I would pull the plug. If he said it once, he would never play here again. Thanks for understanding



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So with the same logic, we should allow a repeat pedophile to work at a daycare. He can just lose his job if he does something... *sigh*

John Metzinger | September 13, 2006 6:36 PM

Keep at it, folks. I called the Bluebird tonight (9/13) and the guy who answered the phone said they were working to cancel the show. He seemed sincere, but said they may be obligated by contract to bring the artist here.

I just recieved an email from the Bluebird saying the show has been cancelled. Good job everyone!

Annette,

As a gay male I can understand your point of view; however I will be one of the first to come to the Bluebird and Dave's defense. I am the owner and promoter of the Miss Gay Bloomington pageant, last year the Bluebird's sister bar, Axis, made headlines when it hosted the pageant. For several months prior to the pageant Axis also featured a weekly "Lady's Night" drag show. I have worked with several people in this community and I can tell you Dave and his entire staff is at the top of the list when it comes to acceptance and support for anyone in this city. As a parent I would think you would be less judgmental and not so quick to form judgment, this is an isolated situation that should not be held against the bar. I think people greatly over reacted to the situation, churches preach against homosexuality on a weekly basis but I do not see anyone lined up outside boycotting people from attending. Regardless of whether we agree or disagree with lyrics of a song, people are entitled to their own freedom of speech.

On the flipside, to everyone that was so quick to judge the Bluebird, I would like to know where everyone was last night. Everyone took the time and energy to get the show canceled but very few actually came out to bar last night. Now if the bar is suppose to support the gay community, should the gay community not be supporting the bar?

Jason, I understand your point of view too. I was not judging the management of the Bluebird, I was simply airing my opinion and request to them.

As far as me going to the Bluebird - my mother passed away a week and a half ago and I have had to clean out her apartment. I have a time limit as to when her things need to be out of the apartment. Since I live in Indianapolis, I didn't have enough time to move boxes and furniture, and then drive down to Bloomington.

I was not specifically referring to you being there. However there were several people protesting against the band that did not show up, and for every one person that protested they have at least 2-3 friends they could round up to go to the bar.

I think that you should thank Mr. Kubiak! You are very arrogant, and you should be ashamed of yourself. Instead of acting in such a violent demeanor, you should have solved this peacefully like any other diverse group would have. I am minority myself, and have been discriminated througout my life. There is a way to present a point in a respectful manor without threats or violence. This article makes me sick, get over it, we are all discriminated against!