by William Teach | April 9, 2016 8:12 am
Bruce Springsteen decides to belatedly join the “pro-gender confused in whatever bathroom/shower/locker room they choose that day” crowd
(WTVD) Bruce Springsteen canceled Sunday’s concert in Greensboro, citing HB2 and the rights of LGBT citizens.
Springsteen wrote in a statement to fans that the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act is “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.”
Springsteen apologized to his fans on his website and tweeted a link to his entire statement. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
So, rather than uphold his commitment, he has a hissy fit and cancels, in what is surely just a way to patronize certain people. His full statement
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.
A question for Bruce: will he demand that every venue he plays from now on have a policy that allows the transgendered to use the bathroom of their gender identity? How about anywhere else he goes? Restaurants, bars, golf clubs, gyms, stores, etc? If not, then this cancellation is simply narcissistic bloviating. Every company I’ve asked as to their TG bathroom policies has refused to answer, barring one bar in Durham.
You can ask Bruce that question here.
An associated issue is the lack of penalty, which I’ve been discussing on Twitter
@WilliamTeach Agreed, but we now have a bathroom law specifying who can use which public bathroom, but no associated penalty for violation
— ????Barry Nash???? (@barryonash) April 9, 2016
The point of HB2 is not to penalize transgenders, it is to restrict government. Any privately owned area can allow their own policies on the subject. The policy for government buildings is set for all levels of NC government, which says you go to the bathroom, locker room, and shower of your biological sex. But, why no penalties? Because this is all about rolling back the power of the government to force social compliance on private entities and citizens. It creates choice. Something Liberals apparently only like when it comes to aborting a baby.
Meanwhile, for all the liberals caterwauling about hate, discrimination, sexism, etc, they refuse to decry radical Islam.
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