It’s been about 4 weeks since North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory signed the bigoted House Bill 2 into law, taking away LGBT employment discrimination protection and keeping transgender students from using the bathroom associated with the gender they identify as.
Since then, entertainers have been raising their voices to stand up for what’s right; Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and even Cirque du Soleil have all canceled shows in the state to protest the bill.
Now another act is following in their footsteps — Pearl Jam have decided to cancel their Wednesday night concert in Raleigh, NC.
The band wrote a lengthy, thoughtful statement on the matter, saying:
“It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th. This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.”
The rockers went on to address House Bill 2 itself:
“The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.”
The band’s statement continued:
“The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.”
The artists concluded by saying:
“In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return, perhaps even celebrate.”
While we applaud artists for boycotting the state to help raise awareness, we also love that Mumford & Sons, Cyndi Lauper, and Laura Jane Grace still performed in the state and used their concerts to raise money to help fight HB2!
What do you think of the rock band’s decision to join the boycott?!
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