Bruce "The Boss" Springsteen has just expressed his massive disdain for a new discriminatory law that North Carolina just passed by canceling an upcoming concert date that he had planned in Greensboro, NC.
This law, which is referred to commonly as HB2 was put into place to reverse an ordinance in Charlotte, NC that extended rights to transgender people - specifically giving them the right to use whatever public bathroom they felt most comfortable using given their gender identity. The new law immediately dissipated similar ordinances in other parts of the state as well.
In an official statement from the Boss, he says:
“No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s an attempt by people who cannot stand the progress our country has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens to overturn that progress. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters.
Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry – which is happening as I write – is one of them. It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
All of the money spent by fans to see the show has been completely refunded. Springsteen's tour will continue on as scheduled, with the next date being in Ohio. Personally, I think Springsteen did an admirable thing. Why bring revenue to a government that is taking away rights from people who just want to be accepted for who they have no choice in being? PayPal also did a similar thing to combat the law recently by rolling back plans to do a major North Carolina expansion. Hopefully the big financial loss will soon get those politicians' heads out of their asses. When it gets down to it, who really cares where you go to the bathroom? We're all their to do our business and that's that.