Celebrity Activism

This morning, while mindlessly scrolling my typically useless Facebook newsfeed, I came across a post featuring a statement issued by Bruce Springsteen regarding the issues of LGBTQ discrimination in North Carolina.

This is what his statement reads:

“As you, my fans, know I’m scheduled to play in Greensboro, North Carolina this Sunday. As we also know, North Carolina has just passed HB2, which the media are referring to as the “bathroom” law. HB2 — known officially as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Just as important, the law also attacks the rights of LGBT citizens to sue when their human rights are violated in the workplace. No other group of North Carolinians faces such a burden. To my mind, it’s 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. Right now, there are many groups, businesses, and individuals in North Carolina working to oppose and overcome these negative developments. Taking all of this into account, I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters. As a result, and with deepest apologies to our dedicated fans in Greensboro, we have canceled our show scheduled for Sunday, April 10th. 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 Springsteen and the E Street Band’s Sunday April 10th show is canceled. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase.
I was really taken aback by this statement made by Springsteen, though in a good way. LGBTQ discrimination is nothing new in today’s society, and it is something very bothersome to me personally. Despite incredulous activism and protests fighting for the rights and equality of LGBTQ individuals, there is still a tremendous amount of prejudice directed towards these people in modern day society. Why should it be in the hands of the government to decide whether or not these people receive rights and equality? Transgender people are equal to heterosexual people in terms of identity and human existence, and it is unacceptable that these individuals are still recognized as inferior to the socially deemed heterosexual norm. Heterosexism, otherwise known as heterosexual privilege, needs to be continually challenged by people like Bruce Springsteen in order for change to occur.
If you have a minute today, perhaps take the time to listen to one of Bruce’s songs. Pay tribute to this activist today.

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