Pearl Jam Cancel Show To Protest North Carolina's Anti-LGBTQ Law
Tue, 19 Apr 2016 10:09:45
Pearl Jam are the latest band to cancel their scheduled performance in the state of North Carolina due to the recently passed HB2 (House Bill 2) law. Also known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, HB2 has attracted controversy lately, thanks to performers highlighting the law, which requires people use the public bathroom that corresponds to the "biological sex" listed on their birth certificate. Pearl Jam join Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr in their decision to cancel their upcoming concert for April 20 in the state.
The band has posted a handwritten statement on Twitter, that reads, "The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens, the practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound...It is for this reason that we take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable. We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on the issue."
Pearl Jam's intentions echo those of Ringo Starr, who remarked in a piece for Rolling Stone, "I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love."
Bruce Springsteen recently posted a statement to his website where he stakes, "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."
Meanwhile, Against Me! plan to go through with playing their scheduled concert in North Carolina in the same spirit of defying prejudice. The band's singer, Laura Jane Grace, who is transgender, told Buzzfeed, "I'm going to create an event around the show as a form of protest to say that despite whatever stupid laws they enact, trans people are not going to be scared."
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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