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Blue Man Group latest performers to cancel show over HB2

Posted April 22

— The Blue Man Group is the latest entertainment act to join a growing number of artists canceling North Carolina performances in protest of House Bill 2.

The Blue Man Group announced on their website that they would be canceling a June 17-19 engagement at the Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in opposition to the legislation that requires people to use public bathrooms that match their birth gender, excludes gay and transgender people from discrimination protections and bars cities and counties from extending such protections to them.

“At the heart of every Blue Man Group performance is a joyful celebration of all human kind- including our commonalities and our differences. We value every individual’s right to live a dignified, vibrant life in full color,” said a statement from the group. “As such, we are joining the growing list of entertainment professionals in protest of North Carolina’s HB2 law by canceling our upcoming tour performance in Charlotte.”

Pearl Jam, Boston, Ringo Starr and Bruce Springsteen have all previously canceled shows in the state in protest of House Bill 2.

Ticketholders will automatically receive a refund issued to the credit card they used at the time of purchase. Anybody who purchased ticket without a credit card will receive a refund via check.

Anybody with questions is asked to call 704-372-1000 or email tickets@ncbpac.org.


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  • Jimmy Ray Apr 24, 5:09 p.m.
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    Blue Man Group is already offensive and politically incorrect. If they want to make a difference and help transgenders they should rename to Blue PERSON Group. That's a much more inclusive title.

  • Iam Theantisatan Apr 24, 2:28 p.m.
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    I made a joke knowing you would use it to
    attack my character which you did.

    That's a common tactic, and you used it.
    Your words speak for themselves also.

  • Sam Nada Apr 24, 2:11 p.m.
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    Your words. No spinning required. This isn't a semantic game, at least not for me. I've made my position clear, and so have you. I have nothing more to add.

  • Sam Nada Apr 24, 2:09 p.m.
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    What's the cutoff percentage of the population that no longer deserves equal protection under the law?

    I really have nothing more to say to you.

  • Iam Theantisatan Apr 24, 1:58 p.m.
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    I have a vision impairment so I often make typos and grammar errors because it's difficult enough to type, much more to proofread beyond the initial typing.

    So yes, 0.3% are transgender, and who knows what percentage of them are actually surgically altering themselves to biologically look like their opposite gender.

    I venture to state that the vast majority of the 0.3% simply "express" (dress) or "identify" (think) the opposite.

    Sam, a man dressing like or thinking he is a woman doesn't make that a man a woman.

  • Iam Theantisatan Apr 24, 1:44 p.m.
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    HA! Caught ya..!

    I knew you would try to spin a silly example into an attempt at character assassination..

    "Transparent" Sam.. look it up..

    It's obvious what the Democrats were trying to do when they started the whole thing by enacting that Ordinance in Charlotte.

  • Sam Nada Apr 24, 1:23 p.m.
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    Now you reveal your true self. LGBT is a cancer, and needs to be killed. Got it.

  • Sam Nada Apr 24, 1:20 p.m.
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    A just society doesn't intentionally legalize discrimination against a portion of its citizens. HB2 changed the legal protection against discrimination from "sex" to "biological sex", which explicitly excludes gender identity, gender expression, and sexual identity from being protected. Read the email that the the right wing coalition sent to lawmakers asking them to sign a pledge never to pass a law protecting those categories. You are mistaken that this would only impact the T in LGBT.

    If you are going to quote statistics at least quote them accurately:


    The ploy here is the GOP ramming through a law they knew was unconstitutional in order to inflame their base in an election year. The reaction to that is hardly a ploy. Using economic leverage for righteous ends is not a ploy. The GOP is doing plenty of harm to itself without any help from the left.

  • Iam Theantisatan Apr 24, 1:13 p.m.
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    Republicans: We oppose cancer.

    Democrats and WRAL: That's discrimination!!!
    Cancer consists of living organisms which
    have the right to to inhabit whichever
    body they deem appropriate for themselves!

  • Iam Theantisatan Apr 24, 1:02 p.m.
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    "Buying something or patronizing a business is a way of voting, but also at a cost to the voter"

    True, however the voter isn't just harming herself, she's harming others.

    Boycotts harm the entire population, not just the intended target.

    The civil rights of an entire race of people is not comparabble to the rights of 0.03 % of people.

    You want 100% of the people to suffer in order to make changes to the status of 0.03 % of the people.

    And your last sentence shows your true hand.
    This is a political ploy to hopefully harm Republicans in the elections.

    I suspect Republicans could oppose cancer and Democrats, including their media wing WRAL, would try to find a way spin it into something negative.


    You're not arguing that LGB is being discriminated against... LGB use the facilities of their gender.
    You're arguing that 0.03 % of the population that identify as T is.