It’s starting to get real with concert cancellations in North Carolina.
Monday’s announcement that Pearl Jam was canceling its Wednesday night show in Raleigh over House Bill 2 upped the boycott ante. It follows similar announcements from Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Ani DiFranco, Boston and Cirque du Soleil over the controversial measure passed last month, which removed local anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Both Pearl Jam and Boston announced their cancellations on the same day, which did not go unnoticed by Gov. Pat McCrory’s office. McCrory’s re-election campaign sent out a statement early Tuesday decrying “Hypocrisy And Selective Outrage from Artists & Hollywood Stars.”
The statement cites a half-dozen examples including the band Boston touring in 15 states “with non-discrimination laws similar to North Carolina’s,” and actor George Clooney promoting his film in China -- “where gay marriage is banned, same-sex relationships are censored in the media and authorities rounded up LGBT activists in order to disrupt a planned gay pride parade.”
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