Pearl Jam are now joining the many artists who have canceled their upcoming concerts in North Carolina as an expression of their disapproval toward the “bathroom bill" that recently made it through legislation in the state.
Following the passing of House Bill 2 in North Carolina, transgender individuals are prevented from using the bathroom of their choice. In their statement on their website, the band said, “The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.”
They also indicate that they are in talks with local organization groups to provide them with the necessary funds as support.
Similarly to Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have elected to not perform their North Carolina concerts. Artists like Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, and Against Me! have decided to use their concerts as a platform to raise awareness surrounding the issue.
Read the full statement below.
It is with deep consideration and much regret that we must cancel the Raleigh show in North Carolina on April 20th.
This will be upsetting to those who have tickets and you can be assured that we are equally frustrated by the situation.
The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens. The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.
It is for this reason that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.
We have communicated with local groups and will be providing them with funds to help facilitate progress on this issue.
In the meantime we will be watching with hope and waiting in line for a time when we can return.Perhaps even celebrate.
With immense gratitude for your understanding,