Bruce Springsteen is “The Boss.”
He’s sold millions of records, won 20 Grammys, he’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and is likely still playing at one of his more-than-three-hours-long concerts long after you’ve gone to bed for the night.
He’s never shied away from being political either.
Did you know that the song “Born in the U.S.A.” is about the Vietnam War and the way veterans were treated when they returned home?
So I don’t really know what North Carolina was expecting when it passed HB2, aka the “bathroom bill,” dictating which bathrooms trans people can and cannot use.
Did North Carolina really think Springsteen wouldn’t have something to say about it?
Lo and behold — today Springsteen released a message canceling his upcoming show in North Carolina, citing HB2 as his reason why.
In short, you could say Springsteen is “born to run” out of states that discriminate against their citizens.
His full message reads as follows:
“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.”