Brad Paisley sings a song about North Carolina's discriminatory bathroom bill
Country singer Brad Paisley is the latest in a long line of celebrities taking a stand against North Carolina’s discriminatory Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (HB2).
Appearing on Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Paisley reworked Tammy Wynette’s 1968 single “Stand By Your Man,” turning the classic country tune into a response to North Carolina’s controversial new law prohibiting transgender people from using public restrooms designated for use by the gender with which they identify.
“We were way ahead of that in our format. Country music dealt with this in the ’60s,” Paisley said of the medium’s history of cultural commentary. He then launched into an acoustic song detailing how easy it is to drop your prejudices when you simply “sit by your man” in a public restroom.
“Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman / especially when you were born a man,” the song begins. “In North Carolina, they’re checkin’ for vaginas / If you want to use the can / I say sit by your man / we’re all just human beings / He’s just a human peeing / in the stall right next to you / Sit by your man / Why is this such a big deal / Hike up your dress and take a stand / and sit by your man”
Several artists, such as Beyoncé and The Lumineers, have publicly opposed the law despite still performing in the state, while others, including Nick Jonas, Demi Lovato, and Maroon 5, have canceled their performances there altogether. Cyndi Lauper and Dave Matthews have donated profits from their North Carolina shows towards the fight against the bill, and at a recent performance in Durham, Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace burned her birth certificate onstage, saying “Goodbye, gender!” as she lit the document aflame.
Watch Paisley’s performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in the video above.