Today’s Tunesday is in support and celebration of two rock stars, acting in TRUE rock star fashion.
A few weeks ago, the North Carolina legislature passed HB 2, or the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. Since one degrading, offensive and archaic bill in this country isn’t enough, Mississippi passed HB 1523; better known as the “Religious Freedom” Act.
These laws undo so many years of progress and are terrifyingly reminiscent of Jim Crow laws. They strip rights and chosen identities away from those who identify differently than “expected.”
My question is… “expected” by whom? Who was suddenly given the almighty power to decide something so personal to so many individuals? Clearly “The Boss” himself, Bruce Springsteen, and fellow rocker, Bryan Adams, agree that these laws limit inalienable rights that are bestowed upon all members of this society — a grave miscarriage of justice and use of political power.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band cancelled a performance for this Sunday in North Carolina in a very poignant public letter (if you haven’t already read it, I highly encourage it).
“Some things are more important than a rock show,” he added, “and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”
Bryan Adams also posted a statement on his website, explaining the reasons for canceling his scheduled show in Mississippi this upcoming Thursday.
“I cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.”
Bruce is no stranger to voicing his opinion- particularly in regards to his music. Born in the USA and American Skin (41 shots) both very deeply portray his views on controversial events in our history (the treatment of returning Vietnam Vets, and the police shooting and death of Amadou Diallo).
Bryan, is known to voice his opinions on the Canadian government, especially in regards to foreign aid.
I don’t find it surprising in the least that these two, in my opinion, upstanding gentlemen (and the rest of their ensembles), have acted this way. There is something so very rock ‘n roll about it; but so much more than music and lyrics. It’s a defiant act of solidarity with the oppressed. By going silent in North Carolina and Mississippi, they have shouted louder than any song they could sing.
Listen below to a roundup of some of my favorite songs by Bruce Springsteen and Bryan Adams.