Bruce Springsteen cancels show in protest of anti-LGBTI laws

Bruce Springsteen quite rightly celebrated as one of the most generous, fan-friendly musicians out there. He and the E-Street Band

Bruce Springsteen quite rightly celebrated as one of the most generous, fan-friendly musicians out there. He and the E-Street Band have poured their hearts and souls into massive three-hour sets for decades, and few fans – if any – have ever been left wanting.

Fans in Greensboro, North Carolina, however, have just woken up to the news that tomorrow’s show will be cancelled.

Springsteen released a statement on his Facebook page speaking against the state’s new laws, which restricts which bathrooms transgender people are allowed to use.

Fan responses were extremely and predictably divided in response.

“Bad move Boss,” said one fan. “Many people will miss a chance on seeing a great show because of the ignorance of a few lawmakers. Music should be bigger than politics.”

Others, however, were extremely understanding:

My kids are disappointed and there were a few tears (we were heading down as a family to celebrate a birthday at this show.)” said another fan. “But a proud moment: Our 8 year old son said ‘That makes sense’.”

Read Bruce’s heartfelt statement below,  and tell us: do you agree? Is this the right call to make? And is this the best way for a musician to make a stand?

“As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday,” said Springsteen.

“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.”

  1. Shouldn’t they simply go to the bathroom that matches their “equipment” rather than the one that matches the mental image they have of themselves?

    • Kiwigull  

      Agreed. What utter nonsense all this crap is!

    • Annne  

      Get rid of public urinals and no one sees anyone’s “equipment”!

  2. Sussn  

    Sick to death of the LGBTI forum.
    Use the bathroom to suit ur biological equipment. Seriously sick of their need for equality being shoved down my throat.

  3. colin  

    sick TO death of bigots that say sick to death of having equality shoved down my throat as that person sits in their little house with the husband and kids and TOO BAD ABOUT OTHERS WHO SIMPLY WANT THE SAME RIGHTS.

  4. Good one, Colin! Totally agree about the non gender toilets! Susan – so a boy identifies as female – wears appropriate female clothing, make up, hair etc, and HAS to go into a male toilet? Can you imagine the ridicule from the red-necks, and the possibility of physical assault from the same red-necks? Is it not possible to at least TRY to put yourself in another’s position?

    • Wiso  

      He was born a boy so get over it. YOU ARE A BOY !!

  5. lurch  

    If you are born that way live with it, if you can not pee standing up then use the female toilet.

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