Rocker Bryan Adams Jumps on Springsteen’s E-Street Bandwagon, Boycotts Mississippi

Bryan Adams live in the Color Line Arena, Hamburg, Germany, on June 3, 2007

By Jonathan Witt Published on April 11, 2016

ABC News reports that “Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is canceling a performance this week in Mississippi, citing the state’s new law that allows religious groups and some private businesses to refuse service to gay couples.”

Fox News & Commentary host Todd Starnes described the Mississippi law very differently last week:

The Religious Freedom Law will “protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action by state government or its political subdivisions, which would include counties, cities, and institutions of higher learning.”

In other words, every Christian who owns a business in the state of Mississippi owes the governor a thank-you.

“This bill merely reinforces the rights which currently exist to the exercise of religious freedom as stated in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” Gov. Bryant wrote in a message posted on Twitter.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins praised Gov. Bryant “for standing up to the fundamental freedoms of the people they represent.”

“No person should be punished by the government with crippling fines or face disqualification for simply believing what President Obama believed just a few years ago – that marriage is the union of a man and a woman,” Perkins said.

According to ABC News, Adams said he was canceling a Thursday show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi because he could not “in good conscience” perform where “certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.”

This follows Bruce Springsteen’s announcement late last week that he was canceling a show in North Carolina to protest a new North Carolina law that affirms a longstanding legal requirement that biological males use men’s restrooms even if they are transgender, and that biological women use women’s restrooms even if they are transgender.

E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt called the law the sort of legislation that’s like an “evil virus” spreading across the country. 

Conservative radio host and Stream columnist Michael Brown described it as a commonsense protection for women and girls, and addressed Springsteen in an open letter to Springsteen Sunday:

Let’s say that a 6’ 4” male who used to play professional football and who has secretly agonized over his gender identity for years finally determines that he must be true to himself and live as a woman.

Do you think it might be traumatic for a little girl using the library bathroom to see this big man walk into her room wearing a dress and a wig? Should we take her feelings into account, or is she not important? What if that was your granddaughter? Would you care if she was traumatized? And when you speak of “the human rights of all of our citizens” does that include little girls like this?

I understand that this gentleman will have difficulties should he decide to dress and live as a woman, but that is still a choice he is making, and it is not fair to impose his struggles on innocent little children, is it?

The Mississippi law that Adams is protesting takes effect July 1.

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  • Wayne Cook

    Interestingly, the AMA came out in favor of NC, citing psychological damage to children if men were allowed in women’s bathrooms.

    They neglected to cover the rage of parents.

    • therealemmapeel

      Hey Wayne. Thanks for the AMA recommendation, but … I’m calling horsehockey.

      But only until you provide a linked reference from the AMA citing this psychological damage to children if men were allowed in women’s restrooms.

      I’ve looked myself, and can’t find any reference. Once you can back up the AMA claim with a reference you’re totally off the horsehockey hook. 😀

      Appreciate it.

  • OJS

    Has-been, aging rock stars struggle for relevance.

  • Dean Bruckner

    If Springsteen and Adams have the freedom to refuse service based on their values, then so do Christian bakers, florists, wedding chapel owners, photographers and others.

  • sc_cannon

    I am in favor of the Mississippi and NC laws, why try to make people think that transgender people are not a strange sexual orientation with surgery, why is having to serve homosexuals not a form of sexual harassment?

    • Lisa Majdub

      Why is having to serve homosexuals not a form of sexual harassment?? Ummmm…bcuz it makes no sense??? There is no logical reason for it to be considered sexual harassment. Or do you think a homosexual is going to hit on you, grab you or make homosexual comments to you in your business? That is what real sexual harassment is. Homosexuals are not stupid….they do not go around sexually harrasing straight people…nor do they force their way of life on straight people. And yes…they can tell the difference between a straight person and a gay person. So don’t worry….. they’re not coming after you!!

  • Dean Bruckner

    Ah yes, the famous exemplary moral character of rock stars helps us to navigate the moral chaos represented by Christianity and traditional moral codes. Thanks for helping us backward rubes tell right from wrong!

    Who knows…without your helpful example and incisive moral instruction, we might actually be honoring our marriage vows, earning an honest living, raising children, worshiping God, living life in moderation, treating others with respect, and looking like we’re 50 years old when we’re 50 years old (and not when we’re 30). How can we ever repay you?!

  • Chris

    Are you kidding me? Why do we need laws to allow discrimination? Haven’t we moved forward enough to move past this? Ok, you have your beliefs. Why should you be allowed to discriminate because of them. How about this, I don’t believe in Christianity, I will not allow any person who believes in God in my business. You must and will answer 1 question before I offer my services. If I don’t like your answer, you must leave my establishment. Would you great folks like that? No, you would raise a big hoopla at my business. Saying I am denying you you civil rights. It works both way. Stop the hate and learn to live the Christian way. Love all.

    • TCap

      Actually, most of us would be ok with you making that choice. It is called freedom.

    • Dean Bruckner

      Love all. I wonder where that crazy idea came from!

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