Why did Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen cancel his weekend concert?

For one really, really good reason. 

Y’all may not agree with me on this, but I reckon The Boss made the right move when he cancelled his concert in North Carolina over the weekend.

So why did he do it?


To protest a law in the US state, which was just passed last week.

It targets the LGBT community by making it illegal for trans people to use a public toilet that doesn’t match their gender of birth. To reference a well known transgender person, it would mean that Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) would need to use a male toilet.

“Just as important,” Springsteen says, “the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden.”

The state is facing both robust support and a huge backlash against the new law, with Springsteen lending his support to the LGBT community.

He shares: “With deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have cancelled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. 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.”

Fans are entitled to a full refund, so he stands to lose a decent chunk of money for taking a stand.

I am firmly on Springsteen’s side here – as I believe it’s simply the side that wants to treat every human being with basic respect and dignity.

That and, the supporters of this law have just about the lamest argument I’ve ever heard.

“Get used to the idea of having your women and children share bathrooms with cross-dressing men who are going to expose themselves to you!” warns Colorado Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt.

It’s the same old, tired “think of the children” rant that frets about youngsters being in the same public toilet space as a trans person (gasp!).

Here’s the reality; your children are more likely to be assaulted by a trusted member of your close personal network than by a stranger they cross paths with briefly at a public restroom. Around 85% of child sexual abuse criminals are known to the child.

That’s why I say good on ya Boss – let’s see how many others follow your lead in the days and weeks to come?

The Meddler

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