Jimmy Releases Statement on North Carolina Shows

posted April 11th, 2016 at 9:46 am

by Josh Martin

Recently North Carolina passed into law a “religious freedom” bill that essentially legalizes discrimination against the LGBT community. Several corporations, sports leagues, and entertainers have criticized the legislation. Paypal canceled plans to expand its campus in Charlotte and Bruce Springsteen canceled a show in the state because of the law.

Jimmy Buffett has two shows scheduled in North Carolina later this month. He released a statement this morning criticizing the “stupid law” but saying that the shows will go on:

As a traveling musician for 40 years, I played many shows years ago, in many states where you could go to prison for 20 years for smoking a joint. It was a stupid law based on stupid assumptions. Time has fortunately reversed a lot of that way of thinking. But now another stupid law, based on stupid assumptions, has sprung up like kudzu in North Carolina, where we are scheduled to play shows next week in Raleigh and Charlotte.

North Carolina was there for me as a performer in the early days and I have always felt a loyalty to fans there that goes deep. Rightly so, a lot of people are reacting to the stupid law. I happen to believe that the majority of our fans in North Carolina feel the way I do about that law. I am lucky enough to have found a job in the business of fun. These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law. I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year. We will be playing in Raleigh and Charlotte next week.

That said, as for the future of shows in North Carolina, it would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed. That is up to the good people of North Carolina and there are many, and I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done. As Forrest said, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Fins Up,
Jimmy Buffett

Tagged in Personal/Family, Politics

  • kent ferguson

    Kudos Jimmy, for keeping your commitments that were made before this “stupid” law was passed in our state of NC. And, thank you for helping shine a light into the dark corners of bigotry and oppression that still exists in our state capitol of Raleigh. Change is good. Sometimes we have to get out on those skinny branches of life and press the limits of our comfort zones…even in the beautiful state of North Carolina.
    Finns up, from a longtime Parrothead!

    • Steve Hendley

      Seems everyone is reading this incorrectly…

  • Kathy Stollbrink

    Thank you Jimmy! We the people of NC know stupid and we will boot The Stupid politicians behind this Stupid law out the door!

  • GlamKitty

    Thank you Jimmy for NOT punishing the people in NC. The people in NC that are for the law…. I don’t hear them being against the trans community. The women fear for their safety, and that the law would permit any man to be legally allowed in a ladies bathroom, locker room, shower area, changing area – IF they say they feel they belong there. It wasn’t about trans….the law allowed anyone to use the facilities they felt they associated themselves with. There should be NO law at all. It’s just common sense. If you look like a man – go to the men’s areas, if you look like a lady – go to the ladies areas. When women or men speak out about the thought of a predator going into these places, they are not referring to trans, they are referring to people intending to hurt a female.

  • Jim

    Thanks Jimmy for speaking up against this stupid law! Please speak up and do the same against the law pending in TN now!

    • Steve Hendley

      Stupid? Do you want transgenders in the lady restrooms?

      • Michelle Chelius McArthur

        I don’t have a problem with it and I’m female. I implore you to educate yourself on what transgender is, what it means, and perhaps come out of your comfort zone of sheep and buy a cup of coffee for one, and have a real discussion. He/She can explain transgender to you and you can explain living in a bubble to them…

  • Steve Hendley

    Ok, I’m confused, isn’t the law stating that transgenders are not allowed in women’s restrooms? So actually that isn’t a stupid law. SPRINGSTEEN said it was stupid and “they” SHOULD be allowed in with other real women…its nice that jimmy is honoring his contracts, but he’s also saying he hopes the law goes away…not cool. I’m sure Bubba doesn’t want a rapist or pedophile in the same restroom as he’s wife or daughter!!

    • disqus_3OhzGUqF3d

      OK, now you have me confused. I fail to see where you made the correlation between transgenders and rapists or pedophiles.

      • Michael Soule

        Because these backwoods, podunk hillbillies don’t know the difference between a transgendered person and a priest, I mean pedophile.

  • Joyce Jones

    How is it stupid to ban transgenders with male genitalia from multiple occupancy women’s locker rooms and showers (and vice versa) where MINORS may be present (including schools, park districts, etc.)? This ISN’T just a “bathroom bill.” It applies to ALL multiple occupancy facilities in which various stages of undress frequently occur such as locker rooms, changing rooms, shower rooms, etc.

    • Aptidude

      Have you examined the rest of the law’s provisions?

      • Joyce Jones

        Yes. It reiterates what the US Justice Department says about overlapping state and federal laws cases being tried in federal court.
        “The federal district court is the starting point for any case arising
        under federal statutes, the Constitution, or treaties. This type of
        jurisdiction is called “original jurisdiction.” Sometimes, the
        jurisdiction of state courts will overlap with that of federal courts,
        meaning that some cases can be brought in both courts. The plaintiff
        has the initial choice of bringing the case in state or federal court.
        However, if the plaintiff chooses state court, the defendant may sometimes choose to “remove” to federal court”
        It’s in the
        defendants’ best interest to remove the cases to federal court, and nearly all of them do.

        • Aptidude

          It also limits an individual’s right to sue for discrimination, or attempts to do so, by limiting the right to sue in state courts.

  • Julie Clarke Holman

    Weak. Very disappointed, Jimmy. Take a stand, man.

  • joe ho

    Jimmy, you need to cancel those concerts. Social justice activism needs to trump “fun”.

  • Robert Lerner

    Get some character and cancel the concert!! (or some balls)

  • bigcg98

    I don’t listen to Jimmy Buffett or Bruce Springsteen for political commentary. I listen to them for their music (even though there is, I suppose, room for PC in the songs). In any case, is there a real need for laws concerning this situation? Where were all of these transgendered people going to the bathroom before the law? Stop making an issue of it, and there won’t be an issue. The problem is, people want their proclivities not only tolerated but affirmed.


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