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Bruce Springsteen Cancels NC Concert Over Discriminatory Law

Submitted by on April 9, 2016 – 4:44 pmNo Comment

The Boss has joined a list of artists protesting a new discriminatory law in North Carolina. Bruce Springsteen announced this week he was cancelling an upcoming show in Greensboro. The 15,000 ticketholders will receive a refund.

House Bill 2, the so-called Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, requires people to use the public restroom that corresponds to the gender noted on their birth certificate. It is directed against trans people.

“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,” Springsteen said in a statement. “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. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show…”

“Some things are more important than a rock show,” he added.

Congressman Mark Walker fired back that Springsteen was using a “bully tactic.”

“We’ve got other artists coming soon — Def Leppard, Justin Bieber,” he bragged to The Hollywood Reporter.

Springsteen is not the only business that North Carolina has lost since enacting the law. PayPal dropped plans to expand in the state, and a movie studio moved production of a new show to Canada.

Not all entertainers think boycotting is the best form of protest. Comedian Maria Bamford canceled tour dates in North Carolina and also Kansas, before deciding to do the shows and make them fundraisers for local LGBTQ categories instead.

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