GayRVA received word this weekend that the Buju Banton show originally scheduled for the National and then moved to the Hat Factory has been cancelled. The event posting was removed from the National’s website and has not appeared on the Hat Factory site.
The Hat Factory’s box office confirmed the cancellation from the roster late on Friday according to Jay Squires, President of the Gay Community Center of Richmond. A memo from the landlord’s attorney states the same. No word has been received from Lion’s Heart Promotion on a rescheduled show according to Squires.
“Music is a form of art, and we try and not censor people’s messages or art, nor hold their past art against them,” Warnecke said. “This was in no way intended to be damaging or hurtful in any way whatsoever toward the bi, gay and lesbian community, and we support their beliefs as well.”
A show at the Norva is still schedule for Friday, September 25. GLBTLive, a video blogger based in Hampton Roads has formed a Facebook group calling for the protest of the Norfolk show.