Maroon 5 cancels North Carolina shows over state’s anti-LGBT law

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  • Maroon 5 cancelled their upcoming shows in North Carolina
  • The group cited the passage of HB2 as the reason behind their decision
  • HB2 requires transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates

Popular American pop rock band Maroon 5 decided to cancel their upcoming shows in North Carolina’s largest city Charlotte and its capital Raleigh due to the recent passage of the state’s anti-LGBT law.

The band published a statement about the cancellation of their shows on their official website on Friday, May 20.

The statement read: “We have announced that we will be canceling our upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina because of the recent passage of the HB2 legislation. This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band. We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right.”

Last March, the state passed a law known as HB2 (House Bill 2) or the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, which requires transgender people to use the bathroom corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.

The group’s decision to cancel their shows drew the ire of the North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.

Rolling Stone quoted a spokesman of the governor as saying: “Hundreds of concerts have been successfully performed across North Carolina, including Beyoncé, over the past few weeks since the law passed. We may never know why Maroon 5 waited until weeks later to make their political statement, but at this point, the only people they are hurting by hypocritically targeting North Carolina for selective outrage are their fans and the hardworking men and women servicing these shows while they keep tour dates overseas – even in Russia.”

Maroon 5’s shows were set to take place on September 11 at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte and at PNC Arena in Raleigh on September 12.

Tickets to the group’s shows in both cities will be refunded at the point of purchase.

 

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