"We don’t want to penalize our fans, but in the end, it comes down to what we feel is morally right," the band said in a statement.
After North Carolina passed HB2, also known as the “bathroom bill,” which forces transgender individuals to use the bathrooms associated with their gender at birth, a number of bands cancelled their performances in the state to send a message about the controversial legislature.
Maroon 5 is the latest band to boycott the bill, much to the dismay of fans. Activists, however, are delighted to hear that the artists aren’t willing to sacrifice their morals for the sake of exposure and money.
The band said in a statement:
“We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation. This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right.”
Rolling Stone relays that Adam Levine and company were scheduled to perform in Charlotte on September 11th and Releigh on 12th as part of their tour. Instead, they’ve chosen to join artistist like Demi Lovato, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, Nick Jonas, and Bruce Springsteen who have all boycotted the bathroom bill which poses rights on the LGBQT community.
North Carolina’s Governor Pat McCrory believes the band announced its decision as part of a publicity stunt. He said:
“Hundreds of concerts have been successfully performed across North Carolina, including Beyoncé, over the past few weeks since the law passed. We may never know why Maroon 5 waited until weeks later to make their political statement, but at this point, the only people they are hurting by hypocritically targeting North Carolina for selective outrage are their fans and the hardworking men and women servicing these shows while they keep tour dates overseas – even in Russia.”
The Governor would likely be displeased to learn that although Beyonce did perform in North Carolina, she was one of the first artists to speak out against HB2.
“As The Formation World Tour makes its stop in the Tar Heel state in the midst of such a controversial time, we think it is important for us to bring attention to those who are committed to being good and carrying on the message of equality in this core of controversy,” Beyoncé said in a statement.
At the end of the day, it should be noted that while transgender rights do deserve attention, more serious concerns befall the entire world. For example, three nuclear disasters have been unfolding while Americans expressed their outrage over transgender laws. And just last week, the Gulf of Mexico was polluted again by nearly 90,000 gallons of crude oil. Where’s the outrage over these environmental disasters?
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