Bruce Springsteen has decided to cancel this Sunday’s show in Greensboro, NC in response to the new HB2 law that was recently passed in the state. In a letter on his website, he explains his decision to do so:
As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. 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. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. 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.
He clarifies that tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
The rock icon joins a number of TV/film production companies – including Lionsgate, A+E, Fox, Miramax, and The Weinstein Company – as well as the NHL and the NBA, who are threatening to remove Charlotte’s 2017 All-Star Game, in boycotting the state due to this new law.
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