Father John Misty performs on stage at The Paramount Theater on April 6, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.
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By Daniel White
April 21, 2016

Folk singer Father John Misty says he will donate the proceeds of his Charlotte, N.C., show to a LGBT support center, joining a growing list of artists to protest a controversial state law that reverses LGBT protection enacted by municipalities.

Misty, whose real name is Josh Tillman, told Rolling Stone Wednesday that he thought the bill was “b-llshit,” but that he would still play the show April 27.

“[If] I thought playing a show for my fans in North Carolina was in any way some tacit endorsement of this fearful, petty, ignorant nonsense, I wouldn’t,” Tillman told Rolling Stone. “I also play states that have oppressive drug laws designed to imprison the disenfranchised, rig elections, deny women their dignity, defend the reckless and insane practice of selling guns and sustain a permanent underclass with hypocritical, opportunist readings of archaic documents written by land-stealers who never intended political privilege to extend past their buddies.”

Tillman isn’t the only artist to boycott the controversial HB2 law, as other stars like Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam and Boston have canceled upcoming dates in the state in protest.

 

 

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