There is much controversy over the fact that rock and roll superstar Bruce Springsteen is cancelling a weekend appearance. According to Politico on Friday, Springsteen has canceled his concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, which was scheduled for this weekend. He is refusing to perform in North Carolina due to the state of North Carolina’s passage of a law that keeps transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice – or their chosen gender.
In a statement released late Friday, Springsteen gave the news which many fans did not want to hear. He said that he was scheduled to play in Greensboro on Sunday but North Carolina just passed HB2 which the media has labeled the ‘bathroom’ law. He went on to say that HBs, which is officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Additionally, he opined that the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated at their place of work. “No other group of North Carolinians,” according to Springsteen, “faces such a burden.”
In his politically-enthralled statement, the rocker said that the law’s passage reverses the progress the United States has made in recognizing the human rights of all of our citizens. He believes there are many groups, businesses and individuals in the state of North Carolina who are working to oppose and overcome such happenings which he refers to as negative developments. He concluded by saying:
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 cancelled our show…
Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry… 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.
North Carolina has faced other backlashes due to the law. PayPal cancelled the opening of a 400-person facility. There are a number of state governors and mayors boycotting the state since the law was signed. Additionally, iconic basketball star Charles Barkley has suggested that next year’s NBA All-Star Game be moved out of North Carolina – from Charlotte where it is scheduled to be played – to another state.
Naturally, the controversy continues regarding such moves as the ‘bathroom’ law. There are those who believe people who do not recognize their birth-sex use a different bathroom than the bathroom of the sex of which they say they identify. There are a number of transgender stories in the news recently from both perspectives, men identifying as women and women identifying as men. And there are people who think entertainers like Springsteen should just shut up and sing rather than getting involved with political issues.
According to Fox News, there is a high-profile headline in Kenosha, Wisconsin this past week in which school administrators at Tremper High School told a transgender high school junior that he either had to step down from prom court – or run for prom queen because he wasn’t born a male. The story involves 16-year-old Ash Whitaker who had made prom court but was told he couldn’t run for king because he was born a female. Additionally, though he allegedly ‘came out’ last year – and says he has identified as a male instead of a female for the past three years – he claims he had no problems with his lifestyle but now feels mistreated after school officials are making him use the female restrooms or private bathrooms in the school. He wants to live as a man and expects everyone to accept that choice.