Maroon 5 has joined the boycott of North Carolina to protest the state’s new anti-LGBT bathroom legislation, cancelling two upcoming shows in Charlotte and Raleigh.
“This was a difficult decision for us to make as a band,” they said in a statement posted on their website. “We don’t want to penalize our fans in North Carolina by not performing for them, but in the end it comes down to what we feel is morally right.”
They join a growing number of groups and individuals boycotting the state since the passage of the bill, which is officially known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.
North Carolina’s HB2 law requires transgender people to use public restrooms that correspond to their sex at birth.
Bruce Springsteen, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and Ringo Starr have pulled the plug on scheduled performances in the North Carolina, while porn site XHamster has banned the state’s residents from accessing its content. Cirque du Soleil announced in April that it has decided to cancel its upcoming shows in Greensboro, Charlotte and Raleigh.
Beyonce also dabbled into the debate, but instead adopted the strategy of Jimmy Buffet and Gregg Allman, who also spoke out against the law, but did not cancel their shows.
See Maroon 5’s tweet below.
We are announcing our cancellation of our Charlotte and Raleigh, NC shows. Read our statement on our website here- https://t.co/3FIFqmaOfj
— Maroon 5 (@maroon5) May 20, 2016