More big names cancel North Carolina gigs over restroom law

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The Blue Man Group is the recent addition to the celebrities cancelling shows in North Carolina after the pass of controversial anti-LGBT law
By Jason Spencer | Apr 23, 2016
Celebrities, musical acts, and businesses have pulled out of North Carolina before the ink had even dried on a recent bill preventing transsexuals from using the bathroom they identify with. And now The Blue Man Group can be added to that list.

According to My Fox 8, the Blue Man Group recently issued a statement to fans that they had cancelled all of their upcoming shows in North Carolina. The group was set to perform in the Tar Heel state from June 17-19, but pulled out due to the passing of House Bill 2 that forbids transsexuals from using the bathroom they identify with.

"At the heart of every Blue Man Group performance is a joyful celebration of all human kind including our commonalities and our differences," wrote the group on their Facebook page. "We value every individual's right to live a dignified, vibrant life in full color. As such, we are joining the growing list of entertainment professionals in protest of North Carolina's HB2 law by canceling our upcoming tour performances in Charlotte."

That growing list includes big names such as Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, and Boston. And singers aren't the only big names that are pulling out of the state. Cirque du Soleil, PayPal, and even the NBA have reconsidered conducting business with North Carolina due to HB2, stating that laws like these that openly discriminate against the LGBT community have no place in a progressive society.

"The new law perpetuates discrimination and it violates the values and principles that are at the core of PayPal's mission and culture," wrote PayPal president Dan Schulman in a statement on PayPal.

Whether more performers or businesses will join the boycott is unclear, but if something is done about HB2 then acts like the Blue Man Group will return to the Tar Heel State. But until then groups like these will find other places to do their business.

"We will stand firm in our commitment to equality and inclusion and our conviction that we can make a difference by living and acting on our values," wrote Schulman. "It's the right thing to do for our employees, our customers, and our communities."


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