Cyndi Lauper announced that she is not cancelling her concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, but instead will perform as scheduled, and the proceeds will be donated to Equality North Carolina, an LGBT-rights group.
Lauper explained: “[T]he best way I know how to make a difference is what I have strived to do my whole life and that is show up for my family, friends and fans in the LGBT community…So, for that reason, I think the best way I can do my part is to turn my show in Raleigh on June 4 into an entire day to build public support to repeal HB2.”
She follows Jimmy Buffet who recently announced that the Margaritaville singer will perform his scheduled shows in North Carolina. In addition, the NBA professional basketball league’s Commissioner recently announced that its All-Star Game would also still be held in North Carolina.
On the other hand, around the same time that Lauper announced her shows would go on in NC, Cirque du Soleil announced it was cancelling its shows in three North Carolina cities to protest the discriminatory law. Cirque joins Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Ringo Starr and Billy Ray Cyrus who feel that the most effective way to battle NC is to not perform in the state.
So, the question is: do you cancel a show and try to pressure the state to change its laws or do you continue to hold shows in the state so you don’t punish your fans and donate proceeds to LGBT causes? Two different approaches, for sure, but there appears to be broad support among the entertainment world to repeal North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law. Which approach will prove more effective? Only time (after time) will tell.