Hollywood actors, Washington politicians, and fellow musicians are among the voices commending Bruce Springsteen for taking a stand against a controversial new law passed in North Carolina that has been criticized as discriminatory to LGBT rights.
On Friday Springsteen canceled a concert that had been scheduled to take place in Greensboro on Sunday night, in order to “show solidarity” with people affected by the legislation known as HB2, or the “bathroom law.” The law bars transgender people from choosing bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, and it also blocks an expansion of the state’s current anti-discrimination law that was set to go into effect this month.
Following Springsteen’s announcement, The Late Late Show host James Corden tweeted, “Just when you couldn’t love @springsteen anymore! What a man.”
Lauren Mayberry of the synth-pop band Chvrches similarly expressed “So much love for @springsteen.”
And Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon wrote, “Thank you Bruce @Springsteen for taking a stand against #LGBT discrimination in North Carolina.”
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