Another option on the table that some artists are considering: going through with their scheduled performances, but making a show of solidarity by donating their proceeds.
By Uncle Blurt
Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “equality/tolerance/respect for the LGBT community?” If you said, “Music City USA,” go directly to the back of the bus, bubba, ‘cos you be one lyin’ sumbitch.
With that in mind, an interesting new front in what I’ll charitably call the “bathroom access/religious freedom wars” opened today, following the Springsteen-cancels-NC-concert uproar (which we reported on the other day) and the subsequent Bryan-Adams-cancels-MS-concert incident. (There was also a Jimmy-Buffet-hedges-his-bets-in-NC deal going down that at least bears monitoring.) According to Rolling Stone:
“This morning in Nashville Chris Carmack and songwriter/producer Desmond Child joined GLAAD and the Tennessee Equality Project to speak out against two other similarly discriminatory measures. If signed into law, Tennessee House Bill 1840 would allow the state’s mental health professionals to refuse treatment to LGBT patients, and the Tennessee Senate Education Committee’s HB 2414 would require local transgender students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their designated sex at birth, not how they chose to identify. Miley Cyrus, Emmylou Harris, Chely Wright and Ty Herndon, along with Viacom and CMT, have already spoken out against the bills, and now GLAAD is urging the rest of Nashville and the country music industry to follow suit.”
“GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis challenged Nashville’s music industry to rally against these bills, in the same way the entertainment industry joined together to collectively pressure Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal to veto the state’s “religious liberty” bill. “We need big voices in this industry,” Ellis sais, “like Sony Nashville, Big Machine Records, Universal Music Group, RCA, Curb Records, Warner Brothers and others to speak out. We need the many, many businesses that thrive on the music industry to speak out. I am here today to call on the music industry to stand with us, alongside television networks and film studios who stood with us in Georgia, in a united front against discrimination.””
More as this develops.