Bruce Springsteen backed out of his concert in Greensboro, North Carolina earlier this month because of his opposition to House Bill 2 aka HB2, colloquially known as the Bathroom Bill. He stated to the media that he was canceling his concert because of his strong personal beliefs with regards to LGBTQ rights.
Band member, Steven Van Zandt was quick to rejoin his boss by stating, “Unfortunately, it’s the only way people understand. You have to hurt them economically to force them to do the right thing morally.”
While the media was quick to jump on this and support Springsteen, calling him a hero for standing up for LGBTQ rights, the facts seem to indicate that this was grandstanding on Springsteen’s part, and not as heartfelt and legitimate as his statement appeared to be.
I wonder when Sony and Springsteen will release a statement saying that radio and television stations along with public businesses (i.e. bars, taverns, live venues, elevators, retail, et al) are barred from playing Springsteen’s music because, morally speaking, surely Springsteen wouldn’t want to benefit from receiving royalties for his songs being played in North Carolina.
And I wonder when Sony and Springsteen will release a statement saying that there will be no more CD sales or downloads of Springsteen music to residents of North Carolina because the moral thing to do would be to withhold his music in physical, digital, streaming, and online forms from people in North Carolina.
Being gay or lesbian is illegal in countries such as Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and the United Arab Emirates where homosexuality may be punished by death. In fact, globally, it is illegal to be gay or lesbian in 75 countries.
Included in the list of 75 countries are Barbados,Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. It also includes India, Pakistan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Let’s not forget Egypt, Mauritius (a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean), and Swaziland.
Springsteen was in concert in New Zealand three times, giving his first concert there in 2003 and his third concert there in 2014. Since the Cook Islands are associates to New Zealand and given that it’s illegal to be LGBTQ in the Cook Islands, surely the Boss returned the money generated from those concerts. After all, it would be the wrong thing morally to keep money from concerts performed in a country where their associates, the Cook Islands, were so hateful and discriminatory against LGBTQ people, right?
Dude, you played Zimbabwe and kept the money … another country where it’s against the law to be LGBTQ. You’re going to want to do the right thing morally and return that money, don’t you think?
Surely the Boss and Sony have taken every measure possible to prevent Springsteen’s music from being heard, played, or otherwise enjoyed in those countries. After all, that would be the right thing morally to do, wouldn’t it?
Bruce, refuse to accept all royalties generated by the mechanical rights, the performance rights, the print rights, the digital performance rights, the rental/public lending rights, and the synchronization rights in those 75 countries in light of the fact you have such a strong held belief about what you mistakenly think HB2 is about.
And while you can’t control what other artists do with their recordings, if your music is on their CDs or albums, Bruce, are you doing the right thing morally by refusing to accept all royalties generated by the mechanical rights, the performance rights, the print rights, the digital performance rights, the rental/public lending rights, and the synchronization rights of the songs that generate royalties for you? I would hope so.
Also, if you’ve ever been on holidays or taken a break where you’ve kicked back on the beaches of Jamaica, Barbados, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Samoa, Tonga, or any other country listed among the 75 countries where LGBTQ rights do not exist and where it’s an offense to be LGBTQ, you were supporting discrimination against LGBTQ people, Bruce.
It’s so sad that you don’t understand that HB2 isn’t about discriminating against LGBTQ people.
It’s sad that you don’t understand that accepting money from countries where it’s against the law to be LGBTQ is far more reprehensible.
You see, in North Carolina, no one said it’s against the law to be LGBTQ or straight, Bruce. Nobody legislated that it was against the law to be LGBTQ or straight.
But it’s the law in 75 countries that it’s illegal to be LGBTQ in their specific country!
Bruce, when you wrote that “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” did you mean you’re only willing to take a stand on a case-by-case basis, dependent upon certain factors such as how much money is going into the coffers and how much free publicity this might generate for you courtesy of the media? If so, that’s not taking a stand.
That’s being hypocritical.
That’s being an opportunist.
And Steve, when someone rakes in money from CD sales, downloads, and radio airplay in countries where it’s against the law to be LGBTQ, where’s the “right thing morally” that you hold the people of North Carolina up to but let slide when it’s your boss? That’s not right. That’s something else completely.
In any case, I’m sure that Bruce Springsteen will do the “right thing morally,” and stop taking money out of North Carolina — right after he does all the other “right things morally” with regards to LGBTQ rights in countries that have legislated that it’s against the law to be LGBTQ within their borders.
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