Joining the ranks of Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr, Pearl Jam and classic rock band Boston have just announced cancellations in the state of North Carolina due to the HB2 bill.
Pearl Jam issued a handwritten statement yesterday, which you can click to read below, denouncing the HB2 law as “a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens.” They have also committed to donating funds to local activist groups in North Carolina who are working to have the law repealed.
Elsewhere, the Community Transportation Association of America has cancelled their planned event that had been scheduled for June 2018. Organizers had intended to bring at least 1000 attendees to the state, and were estimated to spend $1.7 million. The event has now been moved to Baltimore, MD. According to the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, they have lost an estimated $3 million due to the cancellations associated with the HB2 bill.
Hopefully the vast economic losses will be enough for Governor Pat McCrory to take a serious look at the mess he’s made and try to do some damage control. Try as he may to explain away his decisions for signing the bill into existence, the reality is he is unable to back up or provide supporting arguments for his reasoning. The video below, in which Chuck Todd from Meet the Press speaks with Governor McCrory, shows McCrory skirting around the hard questions and, like a true politician talking in circles to avoid actually answering many of the questions. Most specifically, note when Todd questions what McCrory’s stance is on someone who is biologically born male, but identifies and appears as a female, having to use the male restroom. He simply can’t answer the question at hand.
Things only stand to get worse for North Carolina’s economy as more people boycott the state. Money talks, and right now Governor McCrory should be doing all he can to come to more reasonable terms that stand to benefit ALL of the citizens of North Carolina.