It really is an odd position writing news opinion on a music website because once a story gets out, these quotes are from Gigwise via Billboard, everybody in the world has them. I mean everybody. And to add your voice, a tiny website, seems irrelevant, but still, you have to write about something.
In 2015, supporting gay rights is a gimme, who in their right mind is gonna say, “you know what? Fuck em”) and that has enraged some of the Religious Right who have used the “Hobby Lobby” rule (“The Supreme Court ruling allows Hobby Lobby to opt out of providing contraceptives to employees on the basis of their religious beliefs”) to attack gay rights, most notably in Indiana where a law, set in place by a pizza parlour refusing to cater a gay wedding on religious grounds and the Indiana Freedom law (Republicans again -how completely out of touch can you be?).
Let’s see if I can simplify
1 – Hobby Lobby – Christian owned Hobby stores, won the right not to provide employees with contraception, as mandated by Obamacare, on the basis of religious belief, since Christianity doesn’t allow for birth control.
2 – A pizza parlour in Indiana refused to cater a gay wedding based upon the Hobby Lobby ruling.
3 – Indiana Republicans saw this as a chance to weaken LBGT rights, with a law that allows business to discriminate against gays on religious a basis.
4 – Wilco cancelled a gig there in protest.
5 – Bleachers have decided.
6 – Meanwhile, an amendment was added saying the law couldn’t be used to discriminate against LBGT (that is sorta like having a law against drunk driving except in the case where the driver is drunk)
7 – Good enough for Wilcon to decide to play.
I’m not gonna write too much more because, really, it’s like shooting ducks in a barrel.
Instead here is Jack Antonoff on the reason he chose to play Indiana.
“I think it’s important to go and to be working with different organizations there and to raise money,” he continued. “I’m gonna do press on the issue. That to me is how you really make a difference. I never understood the idea of canceling a show when you don’t like the politics of a specific state. The politics don’t speak for everyone in that particular state; I would argue they probably don’t speak for most of the people in that state, but that’s who their leader is and [Gov. Mike] Pence is obviously a piece of shit and I’m excited to go and say that on stage.”
“I’ve ended up on some website list or some other list for super right-wing people. They’ve been tweeting some pretty rude stuff at me, so I think there’s a sect of America out there that doesn’t like certain opinions and can really take their claws out when they don’t like what you’re saying.”
Controversial, right? Good luck Indiana, either rock stars won’t show or they will show and lecture you, as though you voted.
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