Rock legend Bruce Springsteen has decided to take a stand against a recently passed, controversial North Carolina bill by cancelling a planned live performance in Greensboro that was set to take place on April 10th. The Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, also known as the “bathroom bill,” restricts which bathrooms trans people would be allowed to use and has drawn criticism from all corners of the country for its prejudicial nature. The entire issue was something that the politically outspoken Springsteen felt compelled to stand up against.
“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,” Springsteen wrote in an official statement posted to his official website. He clearly finds it regrettable to leave some of his fans in the cold, but for the “Born to Run” rocker, the issue is a question of greater morality and to his mind, the cancelation is, “the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
You can read Springsteen’s entire statement below.
“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.”