Jimmy Buffett added his voice Saturday to the growing number of musicians condemning North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act — but stopped short of canceling shows in the state as some of his peers have.
In a note posted to his Margaritaville blog, Buffett compared North Carolina’s new law to previous “stupid” anti-marijuana laws that were based on “stupid assumptions.” Buffett continued, “Now another stupid law, based on stupid assumptions, has sprung up like kudzu in North Carolina.”
But the 69-year-old singer-songwriter said his previously scheduled shows — slated for April 21 and 23 in Raleigh and Charlotte, respectively — would go on. “I happen to believe that the majority of our fans in North Carolina feel the way I do about the law,” Buffett wrote. “These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law. I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year.” Still, Buffett noted that future North Carolina shows “would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed.”
Bruce Springsteen garnered praise last week when he canceled his upcoming show in Greensboro, North Carolina. “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,” Springsteen wrote in a statement. Elsewhere, Bryan Adams canceled a gig in Mississippi in protest of that state’s new, bigoted law.
Head over to Margaritaville for Buffett’s full statement.