Jimmy Buffett wrote in a blog post Tuesday that he plans to play his concerts in Raleigh and Charlotte despite disagreeing with the new North Carolina law that requires people to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificates.
“Now another stupid law, based on stupid assumptions, has sprung up like kudzu in North Carolina, where we are scheduled to play shows next week in Raleigh and Charlotte,” wrote Buffett. “These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law,” he said. “I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year.”
He said, however, that he plans to boycott the state in the future if the law is not repealed. “As for the future of shows in North Carolina, it would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed. That is up to the good people of North Carolina and there are many, and I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done.”
Bruce Springsteen recently cancelled a concert at Greensboro Coliseum in solidarity with the LGBT community. (All ticket sales were refunded.)
LGBT rights groups have met the law—which prohibits transgender people from choosing which bathroom to use and forbids cities from passing anti-discrimination laws to override it—with widespread opposition. The American Civil Liberties Union has joined with activist groups and plaintiffs to bring a suit against the state.