In a bid to protest against the bizarre ‘bathroom law’ passed by North Carolina general assembly last month, singer Bruce Springsteen cancelled his concert at the Greensboro Coliseum in the state. Almost 15,000 people were to attend the show and they will be refunded. The law mandates people to use bathrooms based on the gender mentioned on their birth certificate. This took a lot of flak from the gay and transgender community as it puts them in a predicament.
Bruce Springsteen said in a statement, “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. 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,” he added, “and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”
The Greensboro Coliseum confirmed that this is the first cancellation they have had over the bathroom law. Bruce of course got massive support from the LGBT community, especially from openly homosexual celebrities and musicians such as Ellen DeGeneres and Nils Lofgren.
I ❤️ Bruce @Springsteen.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) April 8, 2016
— Nils Lofgren (@nilslofgren) April 8, 2016