Some celebrities are using their positions of power to speak out about the discriminatory anti-LGBT bills passed in North Carolina and Mississippi, letting the states know that they won’t stand for this bigotry. Melissa McCarthy, Bruce Springsteen, and more celebs know what’s up!
In the wake of bigoted anti-LGBT bills passed in North Carolina and Mississippi, some celebrities are lashing out, even boycotting the states themselves! The bills, which will make life a living hell for LGBT individuals living in those states, are too disgusting to ignore, according to celebs like Melissa McCarthy, 45. Click through to learn what each celeb has done!
When The Boss speaks, you listen! Bruce Springsteen, 66, shocked the nation when he announced he was canceling his concert in Greensboro, North Carolina on April 10 due to the legislation passed in North Carolina. The bill requires transgendered people to use the bathroom of their gender they were assigned at birth — a truly disgusting, shameful way to treat your fellow human beings. The Boss agreed!
Despite booking a sold-out show at the Greensboro Coliseum, Bruce explained that himself and The E Street Band were canceling their concert to stand in “solidarity with those freedom fighters.” “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,” Bruce said in a heartfelt statement.
Aside from crowd surfing to accept her award, Melissa’s appearance at the 2016 MTV Movie Awards was marked by something else special. She took the opportunity while accepting her Comedy Genius award to give Bruce a shoutout for his act of defiance: “Who knew Bruce Springsteen could get even cooler?” Damn straight!
Canadian rocker Bryan Adams, 56, canceled an April concert at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. The state passed a bill that allows businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers and employees without repercussion. You could be fired or denied service simply for being gay or transgendered. “I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation,” Bryan said in a statement. “Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day.”
Joel McHale, 44, maybe had the most novel approach of all. He didn’t cancel a comedy show he had scheduled on April 8 in Durham North Carolina, but instead donated 100% of the proceeds to the LGBTQ Center of Durham! During his set, he took out a roll of duct tape and even fashioned a homemade LGBT t-shirt. Way to stick it to the man!
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