Gov. Pat McCrory Tuesday took on critics of House Bill 2, Bruce Springsteen, PayPal, the “thought police” and The Charlotte Observer during a lively interview with The Big Show’s John Boy & Billy.
The interview reunited the governor with the radio hosts, on whose Charlotte-based show he often appeared as mayor.
“We’ve been pulling for you, man,” John “John Boy” Isley said in greeting “the most beat-up man in America.”
They touched on HB2, the law that pre-empted a Charlotte ordinance that would have extended anti-discrimination protections to LGBT residents, and the firestorm that followed. Among other things, McCrory talked about:
▪ The Human Rights Campaign: McCrory referred to the nation’s largest gay rights group as “the Human Rights Commission, which makes the NRA look weak.”
“They are powerful,” he added. “And they’re national. I met with them. I met with them. And they’re Machiavellian, man.”
▪ Springsteen: The singer canceled a Greensboro performance to protest HB2.
“I love Bruce Springsteen,” McCrory said. “But he canceled a concert in Greensboro. By the way, they only had 8,000 tickets sold, with all respect. Bruce doesn’t mention that. They didn’t quite get the tickets sales they wanted, might have had something to do with it.
“I love Bruce Springsteen. But for him to cancel a concert two days before the concert, where people traveled down there, all 8,000, over a bathroom policy. And I doubt he read or understands that.”
▪ PayPal: The governor criticized the company that announced it would not bring 400 jobs to Charlotte because of the law.
“PayPal, whose headquarters are in Singapore … and who do business in Sudan. You know, they cut your head off for being a gay and lesbian, and yet they can’t do business in North Carolina. And by the way, PayPal is still doing business. About every day I get something from PayPal on my iPhone. My iPhone made in China. I mean the hypocrisy.”
▪ Political correctness: “Now sadly in our nation that if you have disagreement and you’re on the wrong side of that disagreement, according to the thought police, you’re dispensed of. You’re exiled.
“I’ve even had some people call me ‘please don’t, Governor don’t show up to this event because I have people who disagree with you and we don’t want it.”
▪ The Observer: McCrory objected to an editorial by the Observer, owned by McClatchy Newspapers.
“The Charlotte Observer recommended a boycott, like games boycotting Charlotte,” he said. “You know what? Why doesn’t McClatchy newspapers boycott North Carolina? That would be the best thing. Shut down McClatchy newspapers and quit printing it if you feel so strong about it, quit printing the newspaper here and accepting our advertising dollars.”