Following Bruce Springsteen cancelling his concert Sunday in North Carolina over that state’s anti-LGBT law, Canadian rocker Bryan Adams has followed suit in Mississippi.
On Facebook and Instagram, Adams explained that he would be cancelling his April 14th concert over HB 1523, the sweeping “license to discriminate” law that claims to protect “religious liberty”:
Here is Bryan Adams’ statement on Instagram:
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
Cheers to the celebrities who are speaking out against discrimination. It’s always a brave and courageous thing to do. Not only do entertainers risk losing half of their fan base when they make any kind of political statement, they lose a large amount of income from lost ticket sales. In this case, if Adams loses fans, I imagine new fans will replace them—tenfold. Thank you, Bryan Adams.