POLITICS: Political side of entertainment industry

by Daron Hennessey, Jacob Clore–

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Recently there have been a series of state legislation in various places across the country that pits the rights of the LGBT community and religious rights against each other.

In North Carolina, HB 2 has made it illegal for people to use bathrooms that do not correspond with their sex at their birth, regardless of any mental or physical changes since then. This bill, explained further by the Charlotte Observer, was passed in the house and was signed by Gov. Pat McCrory to mixed and extreme reactions from the public.

In Georgia last month, HB 757, also known as the Free Exercise Protection Act, passed in the house and the senate to allow religious organizations to deny marriage service to homosexuals, despite the recent supreme court ruling.

Before the bill saw Governor Nathan Deal’s desk, corporations such as Disney and the NFL threatened to boycott business from the state. The loss of Disney and other studios’ business could have knocked Georgia out of its number three spot for states to film movies in. The Peach State also has a bid for the 2019 Super Bowl that the NFL said they would reconsider in the event of the bill being signed.

Nathan Deal vetoed the bill, allowing room for hope in North Carolina and other states where religious liberty and gay and trans rights are being called into question. (Mississippi and Kansas, most notably.)

In North Carolina, the greatest consequence of the bill being signed has been in the entertainment industry. Artists such as Pearl Jam, Boston, Ringo Starr, and others.

This trend started with Bruce Springsteen, who released a statement that went viral the week it was released. Neither Gov. McCrory nor any state legislators have yet to respond to these cancellations or any impact they may have had.