You gotta love Bruce Springsteen. He’s a man of principle, a fact reflected in so much of his music over the years.
But even if you’re not a fan of his music, you gotta love him for what he did today: He cancelled his concert in Greensboro, North Carolina, this weekend because of the passage last week of an anti-LGBT bill there. He can’t in good conscience perform there now, and he wants to show solidarity with the “freedom fighters” there.
” I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters,” he wrote in a Facebook post explaining his decision to cancel the show. “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.”
Gawd, I love him for this . . .
I can’t think of another major performer like Bruce who has cancelled a show in the United States under such circumstances. But I’m betting many more performers will be inspired by what he is doing, and will do the same in not just North Carolina, but any state that seeks to oppress LGBT people with odious legislation.
We love you, Bruce. You rock!
In my 70 years I can’t think of anything that impresses me more than this.
It is pretty darn impressive. Bruce has a lot of class.
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He sure does. I respect him even more now. Why should any intelligent person be prejudiced against someone because of their race, sexual orientation, religious beliefs or anything else? I STRONGLY believe that you should just judge a person by who they are and how they behave – not by something stupid
It’s the religious right-wingers: they feel everyone should conform to their narrow views. Believe me, they would execute LGBT people if they could get away with it. They are not all that much different from ISIS in beliefs.
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I know and they are totally wrong. I am quite active in my Catholic Church in Montreal and even our pastor seems very accepting of everyone. I remember when I was in university in 1965-1966 I helped run a campaign for someone we referred to as a Negro back then to be president of the students union. I was so happy and proud when he won. We are still friends 50 years later. I totally refuse to judge anyone by anything other than how they act. Pick a group and I have several friends in it and in 70 years I have met very few people who I can’t share a smile with
Very nice, Tim.
Also nice to see that you are a Montrealer!
We should have a coffee together sometime.
I would love to. Thanks
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