Iconic rock-n-roller Bruce Springsteen recently canceled a gig in Greensboro in protest of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which critics claim is homophobic and transphobic.
“Some things are more important than a rock show,” the singer declared, expressing solidarity with the “freedom fighters” who requested the boycott.
But Springsteen’s decision is harmful to the very movement he claims to support.
It’s also deeply unfair to Christians. God promised them a world of gender binaries. They didn’t wrest the fallow, unused land from a few dozen Indians (who by the way had emigrated from Virginia) just to see their civilization come unglued.
If you get down to it, the boycott of North Carolina is anti-Christian.
Christians shouldn’t be forced to share spaces with people they find unsavory. Those trying to commandeer respectable, civilized bathrooms are fundamentally different.
They have strange beliefs and inhabit pathological cultures. They’re trying to take away our freedom. I mean, how many LGBT democracies can you name?
Calling these violent elements “freedom fighters” ignores the fear that constantly grips the Christian majority. We have to remember that all political conversations must revolve around our feelings.
Nobody supports the LGBT community more than I do. I’m just worried that Springsteen’s decision is counterproductive and a real problem for those who only want to live in a world with people who share their biological predisposition.
Boycott just isn’t practical. Why doesn’t Springsteen focus on something more realistic, like donating concert proceeds to reassignment surgery?
Why doesn’t he make a token visit to an LGBT community center and snap a few photographs? These are the sort of things that make a real difference.
Artists are healers, after all. There’s been a terrible misunderstanding between Christians and the transgender population. Both sides have made mistakes. The point isn’t to assign blame. Both groups need to work together to make sure that Christians don’t feel guilty about their supremacy.
In North Carolina, LGBT people can vote. They’re citizens. They own homes. Sure, hate crimes and discrimination kind of suck, but, like, whatever. What more do they want? Seriously, how would these people fare in South Carolina?
And, if we’re going to be honest, their own leadership is the problem. Why don’t they do something for their people instead of sitting around complaining about Christians, who shouldn’t have to apologize for being industrious and successful.
Where do you think that cigarette you’re currently enjoying came from? Do you laugh at those Crying Jordan pictures? Have you sampled Lexington-style barbeque? Well, don’t ever smoke, eat pork butt, or post ironic memes again or you’re a hypocrite.
Finally, if history teaches us anything, it’s that politics has no place in rock-n-roll! Life is all about our own gratification. We just wanna groove out to the sick riffs of “Born in the USA” without thinking about things like violence and inequality.
Look, I’m all for LGBT rights and stuff, but boycotts are way uncool. Why can’t we just have some dialogue, instead?