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Jimmy Buffett calls NC’s new LGBT law ‘stupid,’ but will still play here

In this June 9, 2015 file photo, Jimmy Buffett performs at the after party for the premiere of “Jurassic World” in Los Angeles. The singer said he will still play in Charlotte and Raleigh despite his opposition to North Carolina’s new LGBT law, which limits the legal protections of LGBT individuals.
In this June 9, 2015 file photo, Jimmy Buffett performs at the after party for the premiere of “Jurassic World” in Los Angeles. The singer said he will still play in Charlotte and Raleigh despite his opposition to North Carolina’s new LGBT law, which limits the legal protections of LGBT individuals. Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

Jimmy Buffett called North Carolina’s new measure limiting LGBT protections a “stupid law” but will still play concerts scheduled in Charlotte and Raleigh.

Buffett is scheduled to play April 21 at Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, and April 23 in Charlotte at PNC Music Pavilion. But whether he schedules future N.C. shows beyond those depends on “whether that stupid law is repealed,” Buffett said in a blog post Monday.

The “Margaritaville” singer said he’s sure the majority of his North Carolina fans oppose the new measure, which Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law March 23.

“These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law. I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year,” Buffett wrote.

The new law limits legal protections of LGBT individuals by setting a statewide definition of protected classes of citizens which doesn’t include LGBT. Lawmakers said they were responding to Charlotte’s expanded nondiscrimination ordinance that would have allowed transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender with which they identify.

House Bill 2, the new law, has drawn criticism from corporate leaders, universities, city and state leaders, sports teams and civic organizations. Two days before he was scheduled to play a show in Greensboro, Bruce Springsteen said he wouldn’t be coming because of HB2.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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