Bruce Springsteen, aka The Boss, has never been shy about his beliefs. So it’s no shocker that he’s decided to cancel his upcoming North Carolina show in response to the state’s still-active anti-LGBT law, also known as the “bathroom law,” also known as HB2.
The news was shared via a letter from Springsteen, which we’ve got here courtesy of ABC News. He describes the law as “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.” He writes of similar holdouts — such as PayPal‘s — and says “I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity.”
Springsteen ends the letter with maybe the strongest message: “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — 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.”
The law was put into place by North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory at the end of March. Since its passing, Mississippi also passed a bill for “religious freedoms,” which protects business owners who refuse to provide service to people on grounds of religious beliefs.