Ringo Starr Cancels North Carolina Concert In Protest Of "Bathroom Bill"
Thu, 14 Apr 2016 11:00:33
Ringo Starr has canceled his North Carolina concert in protest of the state’s HB2 legislation, also known as the "Bathroom Bill." Rolling Stone reports, "The Beatles drummer called off the All Starr Band's June 18th concert at Cary, North Carolina's Koka Booth Amphitheatre over the bill, which discriminates against transgender people and the LGBT community. "I'm sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love," Starr said in a statement. "How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended.""
The outlet goes on to report, "Starr also called upon his fans to fight the "bigotry" and "support organizations that are fighting to overturn this law in whatever way we can." "As Canned Heat sang, 'Let's work together,'" Starr said in conclusion. "And the Beatles said, 'All you need is love.'""
Last week, Bruce Springsteen canceled his show in North Carolina over the controversial bill, and many others have been doing the same. Other artists have instead chosen to play shows in protest of the bill. Against Me! will be playing a show in protest of the bill, and Laura Jane Grace, the transgender woman who fronts the band, told Buzzfeed News, "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. They are not going to go away." ... "I think the real danger with HB2 is that it creates a target on transgender people specifically. When you feel targeted as a trans person, the natural inclination is to go into hiding. But visibility is more important than ever; to go there and have the platform of a stage to stand on and speak your mind and represent yourself."
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff