Recently, the state of North Carolina passed the HB2, Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. It’s more commonly known as the “bathroom bill” to most Americans. This bill has caused major controversy, and several entertainers have decided to speak out (and loud) and make a statement by boycotting the state in protest.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the “bathroom bill”…here’s a summation of what it says, “HB 2 prohibits transgender men who identify as women to use public female restrooms in North Carolina.” In other words, men, who are genetically and legally considered (literally) to be male , may NOT use the women’s restroom, even though they, psychologically, emotionally, and physically, may identify as a woman, dress as a female, and live as one too.
In protest, there are some MAJOR, internationally recognized performers, who are upset with the state in what they believe is an ultra-conservative, prejudiced decision, which is unfair to the LBGT community. Here’s what some of them have to say about the legislation.
The Boss has decided to NOT perform in NC. He says that it’s in support of the “fight against prejudice and bigotry.”
Buffett says that he’ll be performing two upcoming shows in Raleigh and Charlotte next week, that were “booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law.” Though he WILL be doing those shows (for his Parrotheads), he continued, that his decision on future shows will be intertwined with the future of the law itself.
Buffet said in a statement: “…as for the future of shows in North Carolina, it would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed,” he continued, speaking of the people of North Carolina, “I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done. As Forrest said, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.’”
The former Beatle cancelled an upcoming show in North Carolina, citing the law. He apologized to his fans by saying, “I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.” Much like other Fab Four band mates, he felt that he needed to make a social statement and stand by his moral convictions.
Even though Ms. Lauper isn’t boycotting a June 4th show in the state, she’s been a longtime LBGT rights activists for quite some time, and made it clear to her fans and the state of her displeasure with their decision to pass the law. She plans to use the show as a “day to build public support to repeal HB2.”
Lauper has said that she will donate monies from her show in The Tar Heel state to a gay rights advocacy group, “Equality North Carolina”, in their fight to have HB2 repealed.
In a statement Cyndi said, “The pressure to repeal HB2 is building, and it is beautiful. In the dark haze of such oppression, people and companies are stepping up to fight back against this unjust law and ensure that all North Carolinians are treated with dignity and respect, especially the transgender community.”
Filmmaker, turned activist Michael Moore has asked the distribution company of his latest film, Where to Invade Next, to STOP showing the film in North Carolina theatres because of the passage of HB2, citing the “…bigoted law against LGBTQ”.
So here’s where YOU come in. Is the law discriminatory? Is it fair? Are the concerns of the people of North Carolina justified? Should states pass laws that are the “will of the people” that live there?
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