Slipknot to Play North Carolina Show, Partner With LGBTQ Advocacy Group to Fight HB2 Law
One of the more controversial pieces of legislature over the past year has been North Carolina's HB2 Law, which seeks to dictate which bathrooms transgendered citizens must use. The recently-passed law has upset many, leading to some in the entertainment industry to stage their own forms of protest. Slipknot are the latest act with a North Carolina date on their schedule and a decision to make, and they've revealed their plans concerning tomorrow's (Aug. 2) show at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte.
In the end, Slipknot expressed their distaste for what the law represents, but they will perform the show while partnering with Equity NC, a LGBTQ advocacy group, to shine a spotlight on the fight against the bill at the show. Their commentary on the matter can be read below:
When we started this tour, we had reservations about playing in North Carolina because of a law recently passed there called HB2. The law halts the rights of LGBTQ people, doesn't allow for cities to pass a living wage for the working class. We believe that regardless of who you are, or what you believe in this country- and in our own metal community- that everyone should be given access to equal opportunities they need to succeed. This law flies in the face of those values.
We believe that regardless of who you are, or who you love, you shouldn't have to face hatred at home or in your community. Our fans in North Carolina deserve better, so we decided not to cancel. We don't care where you pee- just please flush. It's pretty simple, really.
We've decided to partner with Equality NC, the LGBTQ advocacy group leading the fight against this hateful bill. You can talk to Equality NC at our show about how to get involved, and get registered to vote in NC. That way we won't have to talk about this the next time we come back there. We're coming to North Carolina to show our fans that they can make the difference needed to repeal this law and return their state to a place that welcomes everyone and values differences.
Earlier this year, Pearl Jam canceled their North Carolina show over the legislation, as did several other prominent acts. The NBA has decided to move the All-Star Game out of Charlotte for next year over the legislation as well. Meanwhile, Against Me!, who feature transgender vocalist Laura Jane Grace, decided to play in North Carolina and use the show to shine a spotlight on the issue.
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