By Annie Reuter
Bruce Springsteen made headlines last week when he decided to cancel a North Carolina concert to protest an anti-LBGT law called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which dictates which bathrooms transgender people are permitted to use. Now, a Republican Congressman is calling the singer “a bully” for bailing on his show.
“It’s disappointing he’s not following through on his commitments,” Rep. Mark Walker, a Republican freshman congressman, told The Hollywood Reporter following Springsteen’s announcement. “We’ve got other artists coming soon — Def Leppard, Justin Bieber. I’ve never been a Bieber fan, but I might have to go. Maybe artists who weren’t ‘born to run’ deserve a little bit more support.”
The congressman, who represents portions of Greensboro, N.C., then likened The Boss to a bully.
“Bruce is known to be on the radical left and he’s got every right to be so, but I consider this a bully tactic,” he explained. “It’s like when a kid gets upset and says he’s going to take his ball and go home.”
In a post on his Facebook page, Adams said he will “stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill.”
“I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi. I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation,” he wrote. “Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day.”
While thousands of fans are showing their approval of Springsteen and Adams’ cancelled concerts by sharing their posts on social media, some lawmakers see things differently, claiming the law is meant to keep potential criminals from using women’s bathrooms.
“I choose to stand with our sheriffs, who support this bill, which doesn’t target the LGBTQ community; it targets imposters,” Walker said. “It’s a little crazy to think sexual predators wouldn’t be devious enough to pull something off if they were free to go into any bathroom they want.”