Adam Lambert calls Bruce Springsteen a ‘badass’ for cancelling shows to protest anti-LBGT laws | NME
12 Apr 2016
by Luke Morgan Britton
Adam Lambert has praised Bruce Springsteen for cancelling a concert in North Carolina in protest against discriminatory new laws in the state.
North Carolina’s new laws require individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex, which some have seen as discriminatory towards trans people. The laws also impact on local government’s ability to pass anti-discrimination laws.
Speaking about the issue in a video interview with NME (watch above), Lambert said: “I’m not here to say what is wrong or right. I understand why [Springsteen] would do it, especially if you are an artist with that kind of clout and legacy. It’s a great way to send a message of support or rejection to legislation. It is too bad that those [laws] are happening right now.”
“I think it’s pretty badass that [Springsteen and the E Street Band] cancelled their shows,” he added. “I’ve been in a couple of circumstances like that and I’m always trying to be sensitive to people’s sensitivities. You have to be careful but there’s a real eloquent way to make statements about that kind of stuff.”
Last year, over 20,000 “concerned citizens” signed a petition in a bid to prevent Lambert from performing in Singapore on New Year’s Eve.
The opposition to Lambert performing at the Countdown 2016 concert were based on his “promotion of LGBT rights” and so-called “sexualised” performances. Lambert’s performance went ahead as planned.
Springsteen released a statement explaining that he had pulled the band’s gig in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday (April 10) because of this recently-passed Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.
“Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry – which is happening as I write – is one of them,” Springsteen said. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
Springsteen was later dubbed a “bully” by North Carolina’s Republican congressman Mark Walker for his boycott.