North Carolina law costs it a Springsteen concert

It’s unlikely that Gov. Mark Dayton’s executive order banning all non-essential travel to North Carolina was going to have any effect, what with his office being unable to say how much travel to North Carolina occurs now and all.

But now North Carolina is going to pay a somewhat stiffer penalty for enacting a law stripping away LGBT protections. Aimed at Charlotte, the bill prohibited local governments from enacting their own regulations that ban discrimination. The governor signed “anti discrimination” legislation that doesn’t include sexual orientation and gender identity as categories protected from discrimination.

Today, North Carolina lost the Boss. Bruce Springsteen announced on his website that Sunday’s concert in Greensboro, N.C., is canceled.

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Springsteen said the law is “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.”

  • MrE85

    More proof that The Boss trumps the governor.

    • tboom

      That’s why they call him The Boss.

  • bpost

    Although Springsteen frequently makes political statements, some more specific in regards to individual politicians than others, has he ever cancelled a show due to political reasons before? He’s participated in shows (Vote for Change in ’04, etc.) to support a cause, but I can’t recall that His Bruceness has ever refused to play as a protest.

  • Rob

    Right on, Bruuuuuce! I think we can expect to see a lot more performers following suit.

  • kevins

    Rosalita rocks!