Thursday, August 23, 2007

Update: Clear Channel has dropped sponsorship of Carifest

[NOTE: Newsday has a poll on Power 105/Clear Channel's decision here] One of the biggest sponsors of this weekend's Carifest music festival has dropped their sponsorship:
Clear Channel, which owns Power 105 (WWPR/105.1 FM), quietly withdrew its support from the festival on Wednesday after receiving a call from The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad). Clear Channel did not issue a statement, but on Thursday a spokeswoman noted that Power 105 does not play Bounty Killer or Buju Banton. She declined to say, however, whether that's because of their lyrics or because reggae artists are not regularly featured on the hip-hop station.
- from "Power 105 pulls Carifest sponsorship" (Newsday, August 23, 2007)

  • Today's Gay City News has an extensive article on the organizers of Saturday's protest, some criticism that the protest amounts to censorship and of a response to those charges from the UK's Peter Tatchell. Full article here.
  • Poet and actor Emanuel Xavier has some things to say here.
  • Jamaican lesbian poet and performer Staceyann Chin talks about the protest with blogger and political commentator Keith Boykin here.
  • The NYC Parks Department has also spoken to the AP here.

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