BREAKING: Hot on the heels of Bruce Springsteen cancelling an expected appearance in North Carolina on Sunday, in response to the passing of anti-LGBT laws in that state, fellow legendary rocker Bryan Adams has made a similar announcement cancelling his expected appearance in the state of Mississippi on April 14th over the passing of their similar anti-LGBT law, HB1523.
In a statement released on the singers Instagram account with an image of a rainbow breaking through stormy clouds the performer wrote:
Mississippi has passed anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ bill 1523. I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi. I cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation. Therefore i’m cancelling my 14 April show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day. #stop1523
Much like North Carolina’s HB2, HB1523 in Mississippi permits those of “faith” to refuse service and equal treatment to anyone based on their “sincerely held religious convictions”. The vagueness of this terminology leaves it wide open to abuse, allowing anyone in any profession from medical services to public transport to refuse service to anyone they perceive to be living their lives contrary to their personal religious opinions.
Clearly, such a law is discriminatory on a massive scale, affording specifically Christians a hegemony over society, positioning themselves as “superior citizens” with a sanctioned “legal right” to abuse others.
Bryan Adams joins a growing movement of individuals, celebrities, corporations, charities and other states forming a boycott of both North Carolina and Mississippi over the passing of hate laws.