Who’s the latest ‘star’ to cancel a concert in North Carolina over its bathroom law?

Who’s the latest ‘star’ to cancel a concert in North Carolina over its bathroom law?
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He says, “Goodbye,” and you say, “Who cares?”

If you know the song, then you can probably guess that the latest performer to cancel a scheduled Tar Heel State appearance is one of the two surviving members of The Beatles, in this case drummer Ringo Starr. According to The Guardian, Starr said in a statement, “I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love.”

He might have broken out in a chorus of “All You Need Is Love,” the same album that featured “Hello, Goodbye.” He did mention the title of that single along with Canned Heat’s “Let’s Work Together” at the conclusion of his statement, the article notes.

Image: YouTube screen grab (via Team Coco )
Image: YouTube screen grab (via Team Coco )

Which is interesting in light of the prevailing liberal view that there is nothing to work together on in North Carolina. The law, HB2, was written and passed not out of hatred, as Starr and other boycotters maintain, but out of concern for the safety and right to privacy of non-transgender users of public restrooms and changing facilities. The law is even titled the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act and was designed to protect citizens who would rather not share toilet space with biologically anomalous people.

The Guardian goes on to observe that Starr, the third performer to cancel a concert after Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams, is probably not the last, noting:

Younger artists due to play in the area soon include Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Pearl Jam and Cindy [sic] Lauper, all of whom have been vocal in their support of the LGBT community, leading to speculation that they may also pull their concerts.

I don’t know that I’d classify Cyndi Lauper, who is 62, or Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder, who is 52, as “younger artists,” but if they go along with this petulant boycott, they certainly deserve to be called immature.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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