Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato Cancel North Carolina Concerts
Former Disney stars Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato have decided to cancel their joint North Carolina concerts in protest of the state’s recent HB2 law.
Announced Monday in a set of Twitter posts, the duo said, “After much thought and deliberation, we have decided to cancel our Honda Civic Tour: Future Now shows in Raleigh and Charlotte.”
The decision comes amid much controversy over North Carolina’s recently passed HB2 law. Under the law, single-sex public restrooms are “to be designated for and only used by persons based on their biological sex.”
In their statement, the pop singers called the law “discriminating” and “extremely disappointing,” and said that it “takes away some of the LGBT community’s most basic rights and protections.”
Jonas and Lovato aren’t the only ones protesting the law. Entertainers Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr and Cirque du Soleil have all cancelled performances in the state. Daily News also reports that artists Cyndi Lauper, Mumford and Sons, and Father John Misty have pledged that proceeds from their upcoming concerts will go towards charities who are fighting the law.
However, as Dr. Michael Brown noted in his Open Letter to Bruce Springsteen, the laws in North Carolina have not changed.
When you booked the concert … the laws in North Carolina were just as they are today: In public facilities, people had to use the bathrooms and locker rooms that corresponded to their biological sex. Why, then, did you agree to come in the first place? Why cancel the concert when things today are just what they were six months ago?