No need to worry, North Carolina fans, despite other artists cancelling shows right and left to protest the controversial House Bill 2 (the bathroom bill), Dolly Parton says her June 3 concert in Greensboro is still a-go with no plans to cancel. She says she’ll just do her preaching from the stage.
“I have no plans to cancel the show,” Parton said in a phone interview with the Winston-Salem Journal on Monday. “I believe that everybody ought to be treated with respect, but I feel we will serve better from the stage. I don’t like to get caught up in controversial issues. I will address whatever I need to from the stage.”
Can’t say that this surprises me at all. Dolly doesn’t seem like the type of lady who would let a bunch of drama keep her from her fans, so more power to her. Artists who have already canceled shows in protest to the bill they see as harmful and hateful to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people include Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato, Pearl Jam, Ringo Starr, and Bruce Springsteen with probably many more to come.
In case you’re in the dark, HB2 states that all people must use the bathroom that is associated with the sex that is identified on their birth certificate. That means that even if a man lives as a woman full time and identifies with that sex, she must use the men’s restroom. It’s the same with women who live as men. People who agree with the law say that it protects women and girls from perverts in public bathrooms. There’s much more to the law and you can read the full bill here, but that seems to be the long and short of it.
Not exactly sure how they will enforce this whole bathroom law. I mean, will there be pecker checks upon restroom entry? Searches of men’s bathroom stalls for anyone caught sitting on the toilet rather than standing? Inquiring minds seriously want to know. Personally, I’d feel much more comfortable having Caitlyn Jenner in the bathroom with me than some manly man who just happened to have had the misfortune of being born in the wrong body. But that’s just me.
— James P Sheffield (@JayShef) March 24, 2016