On Friday iconic rocker Bruce Springsteen announced that he was cancelling his Sunday show in Greensboro, NC as a protest to the recently passed HB2 law. Springsteen explained that the law “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.”
This shouldn’t be a way of life in 2016. It’s as if we’ve stepped back fifty years and are dealing with segregation all over again. We’ve come so far and yet, in North Carolina and Mississippi, at least, we are so far away.
As a Springsteen fan I would be disappointed if I was to be one of the concert-goers. But I would understand. And I would greatly accept my money back, which ticket holders will be able to do. Then I’d take that money and donate it to a human rights organization.
I hope other acts follow Bruce’s lead. E Street band mate Steve Van Zandt encouraged other artists in the 80’s to not play Sun City as a protest to apartheid; maybe Bruce will accomplish the same thing in North Carolina.