BUnow recently posted an article about different music industry artists cancelling concerts that would have been held in North Carolina due to the HB2 bill recently passed discriminating against the LGBT community, particularly transgender individuals. Since that article has been posted, Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas have joined Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, and Boston in their protest of the HB2 bill.
Lovato and Jonas are currently touring together for their Honda Civic Tour: Future Now. They announced on April 25 that their upcoming concerts in Raleigh and Charlotte, N. C. will be cancelled in their effort to protest the discriminatory bill. Both artists took to their social media accounts to share the news with followers and fans, posting this note:
Both Jonas and Lovato captioned their posts with “#RepealHB2.” The note explains the reason for their cancellation is that one of the goals of their tour “has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are.” Before signing the note, they acknowledged that fans will be disappointed with their cancellation but urge them “to stand united with [them] against this hateful law.”
It is no secret that music can be a conjoining force and it certainly makes individuals feel that way. So, it only makes sense that music artists use the withholding of their music and talent to voice their opinions on this pressing and controversial issue.
Jonas and Lovato are relatively young and have a huge following within the younger population, so hopefully their boycotting of North Carolina will help raise awareness to the discrimination currently existing in our nation. The media and music industry await to see how other artists decide to handle this pressing issue.
Let us know how you feel about the concert cancellations and the HB2 in the comments!