Bruce Springsteen brought sad, sad news to the tricks in North Carolina who were hoping to get boozed up on Bud and bust out some sweet moves to “Dancing in the Dark” at his show in Greensboro on Sunday night. The show isn’t going to happen and it’s all because of that shitty HB2 bill that states that transgender people must use the public bathroom that matches their birth certificate, and it also makes it impossible for an employee to sue over discrimination. The Boss announced on his website today that he’s showing support for the people fighting the bill by canceling his concert on Sunday night at the Greensboro Coliseum. The Boss isn’t having that shit.
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.
And you know, transphobic rap sensation MH Weibe is going to show up at the Greensboro Coliseum on Sunday and say, “Um, I can fill in!”