Congressman Mark Walker slammed Bruce Springsteen after the latter cancelled a concert at Greensboro on Sunday in protest of the new anti-gay law. He stated that Springsteen might be replaced by Bieber and other artists though.
The Congressman, who represents a portion of the Greensboro, called Bruce a bully.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, he said, “Bruce is known to be on the radical left,” adding, “and he’s got every right to be so, but I consider this a bully tactic. It’s like when a kid gets upset and says he’s going to take his ball and go home.”
He added that Springsteen is not a loss, because other artists can take over. “It’s disappointing he’s not following through on his commitments,” he added, “We’ve got other artists coming soon — Def Leppard, Justin Bieber.” Walker mentioned that he is not a Justin Bieber fan but may be one soon.
The recent law of North Carolina’s called House Bill 2 has asked people to use bathroom according to the sex mentioned on their birth certificate. This law may be quite difficult to follow for the transgender people. However, the authority suggested that the law is to keep criminals away from women’s bathroom.
In support of the law, Walker mentioned, “I choose to stand with our sheriffs, who support this bill, which doesn’t target the LGBTQ community; it targets imposters.”
For his part, Springsteen said he needed to cancel the show to observe his own beliefs on the matter. “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.”
While the representative may support the law in question, celebrities from the entertainment industry think otherwise. Bruce Springsteen is not the only one to react. Lionsgate also spoke against the law, shifting the Hulu pilot “Crushed” from North Carolina to Canada. Huffington Post also pointed out that Paypal cancelled proposed 400 job expansion in the region following the law.