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Bruce Springsteen Cancels N.C. Concert to Protest Transgender 'Bathroom' Law

Bruce Springsteen has cancelled his upcoming concert, scheduled for Sunday in Greensboro, N. Carolina, because he thinks men being allowed to use women’s bathrooms is more important than religious freedom. “The Boss” wrote in a statement on his website:

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.

Springsteen said the new law is an attempt to overturn the “progress” our country has made and that he’s canceling his concert to show solidarity with the “freedom fighters.” He apologized to his fans, but said that “some things are more important than a rock show.” Skipping the show “is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards,” he said in the statement.

Springsteen doesn’t explain how he thinks canceling this concert hurts members of the North Carolina legislature who passed the law. Likely the only people who will really feel it in their pocketbooks are the folks who do things like directing traffic and collecting tickets at the Greensboro Coliseum. While Springsteen can afford to take a night off whenever he feels like it, the low-wage workers selling beer and hawking t-shirts at his concerts likely cannot. Typical limousine liberal.

 

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