From The New York Times:
Bruce Springsteen has canceled a concert in North Carolina this weekend in protest of the state’s new law on gay and transgender rights, becoming perhaps the most prominent cultural figure to speak out against it.
Mr. Springsteen, who is on tour with the E Street Band, was scheduled to play at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., on Sunday. But in a statement posted to his website on Friday afternoon, Mr. Springsteen said he was canceling the show in opposition to the law, which bars transgender people from using public bathrooms that do not match their sex at birth, calling the law “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.”
At some point I’m just going to have to look up the words ‘progress’ and ‘rights’ in the dictionary because my brain gets all fuzzy and confused whenever I encounter them these days.
The law, passed last month, has drawn wide complaints from business and political leaders, and has been widely condemned on social media. Top executives at Starbucks, Facebook, Apple, Citibank and dozens of other companies have signed a public letter asking Gov. Pat McCrory to repeal the law, and the online payment company PayPal canceled plans to open an operations center in Charlotte, N.C., that would have employed over 400 people and involved a $3.6 million investment in the state.
This is mental?! Why do all these companies care about the ‘rights’ of a man (complete with cock and balls) to use the women’s toilets in North Carolina? How often do you think this situation even arises?
In the entertainment world, Lionsgate and the A&E network have both said that they will not film movies and television shows in North Carolina because of the law, and Stephen Schwartz, the composer and lyricist, has said that he would not allow productions of his shows — which include “Wicked” and “Pippin” – to be performed in the state.
Why? Why does anybody give-a-crap? How many transsexuals are there in North Carolina? And this law probably only applies to public bathrooms anyway. Private businesses just have whatever system they want. And the law is probably unenforceable… what they gonna do? Post state troopers at every toilet to cop-a-feel before you go in?
The Obama administration is also considering whether the law makes the state ineligible for billions of dollars in federal aid
Because I’m sure somewhere in the small print of the federal aid laws there’s something about States having to let men use the ladies bathroom. Because why wouldn’t there be?
Famed director Rob Reiner said he won’t produce movies in North Carolina until it repeals a new law banning cities from enacting their own anti-discrimination protections — legislation widely seen as rolling back LGBT rights.
There’s that word again – rights – making me go all woozy with confusion. They’ve been rolled back, apparently. I guess the ultimate aim is to have as many ‘rights’ as can be invented being ‘had’ by everybody. And for none of them to ever be rolled back for that would be so reactionary!
“Until this hateful law is repealed and LGBT North Carolinans are treated with the equal dignity they deserve, I will not film another production in North Carolina, and I encourage my colleagues in the entertainment industry to vow to do the same,” Reiner said in a statement Friday.
It’s a hateful law. Because if you think it’s a decent a idea for men to use the men’s toilet and women to use the women’s toilets, you’re being hateful. Don’t you even know what ‘hate’ is?
I’m also confused by ‘equal dignity’… who’s measuring it? How much is a unit of it? How do we know when’s it’s reached the level of ‘equal’? And how did the transsexuals come to ‘deserve’ it? Did they pay a deposit or something?
A Motion Picture Association of America official on Thursday also said that studios oppose “any law that legitimizes discrimination on the basis of…..
Facts? Biology? Reality?
….sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.”
Other people and organisations who are boycotting or thinking of doing so or who have ‘denounced’ the law:
Bank of America
If you ask me, Ally McBeal solved this problem years ago.