BADLANDS: Springsteen cancels N.C. show over transgender bathroom bill

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

New Jersey’s favorite leftist rocker Bruce Springsteen won’t be appearing in North Carolina as planned with the E Street Band this weekend, Save Jerseyans, and politics is the culprit.

Specifically, the state’s so-called “HB2” law — officially the “Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act” — which would prohibit transgender people from using bathrooms inconsistent with their pre-transition (?) gender.

bruce springsteenHere’s 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.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.

The bill faces an uphill climb. Meanwhile, South Carolina’s Republican Governor, Nikki Haley, called a similar proposal in her state an “unnecessary” at a Friday presser.

The Carolinas aren’t the only states debating this issue; multiple school districts back here in Springsteen Country are presently debating the extremely controversial topic.


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23 thoughts on “BADLANDS: Springsteen cancels N.C. show over transgender bathroom bill

  1. Good for us.It’s not just the Transgender bathroom bill, who would know anyway?, but it’s a broad discrimination bill. It allows anyone who does like gay people the right to reuse services, including medical care due to their religious beliefs.

  2. To the tune of Born to Run:

    We’ve cast aside our moral compass
    And thrown away the ‘merican dream
    Our brains are melted by phone and computer
    And television screens

    Every word has been redefined
    Right and wrong’s been rejected
    We’re steppin’ way over the line

    Whoa! Baby we’re so confused and it shows
    When we gotta go
    Which door, we don’t know
    Don’t go in the girls’ room, son
    ‘Cause boys like you
    Buddy you were born with one

  3. I’m curious if “the boss” would be fine with his 12 year old daughter sharing a bathroom with an XY who identifies as a female … or his teenage daughter in high school sharing a shower with an XY who identifies as a female … for some reason i think he’d not be comfortable with that

  4. He’s in his right. He’s sending his message loud and clear. Women and men born of either ginder uses the bathroom according to his/her drivers license. Simple. I don’t want some sex offender in the bathroom with me with no one around. If this is the case, then my husband will be accompaning me in the bathroom. No if ands or butts. My right to feel safe in a vulnerable situation. Keepbthe bathrooms the way they are.

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