Posted in music | tour dates on June 5, 2012

Groovin in the Park

Maybe not a giant surprise, but R. Kelly's performance at July 1's Groovin in the Park isn't happening. Says the R. Kelly camp:

R&B icon R. Kelly wants his fans to know he will not be headlining or performing at the annual Groovin' in the Park concert on Sunday July 1st at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. Recent advertisements and news stories to the contrary are inaccurate and were made without authorization (apparently due to miscommunication among the promoters of the event) since no deal for the event was ever concluded.
In his place will be Jamaica's "king of dancehall," Beenie Man, along with previously-announced Boyz II Men, Jimmy Cliff (who kicks off the 2012 season of Celebrate Brooklyn tonight) and Beres Hammond. Tickets are $69.50 - $150 and still available.

In related news: in addition to being a huge star in Jamaica, Beenie Man was long known and widely criticized for homophobic lyrics but recently publicly apologized to the gay and lesbian community via a YouTube video, saying:

Let me make this clear and straight. I have nothing against no one. I respect each and every human being, regardless of which race or creed, regardless of which religious belief you believe in, and regardless of which sexual preference you are, including gay and lesbian people.

I love each and every one and am just begging each and everyone to do the same...do not fight against me for a song that I sang 20 years ago...I was a kid. Now I know that people live in the world that live their life differently than the way I live my life. Just love the music and respect the music.

You can watch the whole apology below, as well as a news report on Jamaican public response to said appology.

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Beenie Man Apologizes to Gay and Lesbian Community

Voice From The Street: Beenie Man's Apology

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Comments (18)

When is R Kelly going to apologize for Trapped in a Closet?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 2:50 PM

Apologize? Trapped in the Closet has provided years of jokes. Comedy gold. We should all thank him for that.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 2:59 PM

seriously. @250 get a life

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 3:08 PM

Why would anyone apologize for creating a masterpiece?

Has Vince Gilligan apologized for Breaking Bad?
Has Ridley Scott apologized for Blade Runner?
Has Michaelango apologized for the Sistine Chapel?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 3:12 PM

MILLLTON!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 3:14 PM

...start your car and warm it up and get ready to take me home.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 3:15 PM

Has Jeremy Lin apologized for LINSAN.ITY?

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 4:06 PM

Apologize for LIN.SANITY? Are you fucking crazy?

Boom bye bye in a batty boy head.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 4:26 PM

Has Amanga at Pets Alive Westchester apologized for taking that troublesome squirrel out last week? That was a work of art!

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 4:43 PM

Breaking Bad > The Sistine Chapel

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 4:51 PM

That's my Robert, always peeing on people.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 4:53 PM

Ok but don't be a faggot.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 5:46 PM

Capleton and Mad lion still don't approve of Batty Bwoys... And they are better dancehall artists too.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 6:35 PM

The 2nd video shows how awesome jamaica is.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2012 6:53 PM

they are something aren't they!

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2012 7:39 AM

Respect Goes A Long Way Thoses Who Are Uneducated dwell inn the house of fools besides the are many undercover Jamaicans. Cut it out, your self value is no important then anyone's else.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2012 10:09 AM

^ This is what retardation looks like!

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2012 10:19 AM

I'm one of the organizers & all i have to say is this ~> https://www.facebook.com/GroovinInThePark/posts/256725104427619

Posted by Jermaine Drummonds | June 27, 2012 11:34 PM

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