"Things are tough, Suzyanne. But now that Bryan Adams won't perform the state fair, I'm forced to rethink my position on everything."
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) April 11, 2016
Previously, Bruce Springsteen announced he wouldn’t be performing in North Carolina due to the state’s HB2, or “bathroom” law. Bryan Adams, who performed in Egypt just last month (which is not exactly a bastion of gay rights), has made a similar announcement regarding Mississippi:
Bryan Adams cancels Mississippi show over new religious freedom lawhttps://t.co/TtNnm1mlBj
— TIME.com (@TIME) April 11, 2016
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) April 11, 2016
— ABC News (@ABC) April 11, 2016
Adams won applause from Springsteen’s guitarist, Richard Marx and others:
Right on Bryan Adams! Canceling the gig in Mississippi. The other front in the war against discrimination.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) April 11, 2016
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) April 11, 2016
I haven't listened to Springsteen in years, but he and Bryan Adams will be all over my playlist today. #LoveWins
— Lori Ross (@lorifireman) April 11, 2016
Will an absence of Adams and Springsteen concerts prompt states to reconsider their laws? Confidence is low:
"Because of Mississippi's new laws, I cannot in good conscience play the food court at the mall. Apologies to my fans" – @bryanadams
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) April 11, 2016
It's shameful that elected leaders never thought to clear their proposed laws with Bryan Adams and Bruce Springsteen before passing them.
— Andrew Lawton (@AndrewLawton) April 11, 2016
Bryan Adams has never done anything that Bruce Springsteen didn't do first.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) April 11, 2016
Before considering a gender-related bathroom law, I hope the legislature will consult with Bryan Adams and Springsteen #SaidNoOne
— Stuart (@Ringo6) April 11, 2016
Tweeters noticed that some acts boycott certain U.S. states but don’t take issue with the laws of other countries in which they perform:
I applaud your convictions, @bryanadams.
Hey, how was that show in Egypt last month? https://t.co/nGxdTOYd3x
— Alexandra F. Baldwin (@VerumVulnero1) April 11, 2016
Is funny how people like Bryan Adams & Bruce Springsteen boycott US areas over LGBT rights yet have found it ok to play in places like Dubai
— Robert Madeley (@RobertMadeley01) April 11, 2016
Adams last month posted Instagram photos from his tour, which included a stop in Egypt.
Performing with Egyptian percussionist Ahmed Bedair in front of the Sphinx in Egypt earlier this… https://t.co/NkT1n3VPlx
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) March 11, 2016
So Egypt's laws to murder LGBTs is ok, but a law saying which bathroom to use is too far? Moron. https://t.co/lbcjdBJ0yo
— B. Ghost (@bghostboo) April 11, 2016