Since HB2 became law in North Carolina, allowing for the discrimination of LGBT people, there have been a rash of canceled shows. Most notably Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam, Boston and Ani DiFranco all decided not to perform in the state.
Others have decided to play anyway, but have spoken out against the bill, either in the press from the stage or both. That list so far includes, but is not limited to, Duran Duran, Cydni Lauper, Against Me!, Brandi Carlile, Mumford & Sons, Father John Misty and comedians Joel McHale, Louis CK and Maria Bamford.
There has been an active debate as to which is the better route to take to protest HB2: cancel shows to hurt the state financially and send a message, or perform anyway so as not to disappoint fans and to use the opportunity to speak out against the bill from stage, while also donating proceeds to LGBT organizations as many have done.
We want to hear what you think.
Which tactic do you think is most successful in sending a message to Raleigh that we are not this? Vote and comment below to let us know why you feel the way you do.