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Jimmy Buffett: Loyal fans more important than 'stupid law'

Posted April 11
Updated April 12

— Musician Jimmy Buffett said he will play two upcoming North Carolina shows, despite the passing of the controversial House Bill 2.

“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,” said Buffett in a blog post on his website. “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 the law.”

Buffett’s announcement comes on the heels of Bruce Springsteen cancelling an April 10 show at the Greensboro Coliseum, siting HB 2.

Noting that tickets for the April 21 show in Raleigh and the April 23 show in Charlotte sold out before HB2 was ever signed by Gov. Pat McCrory, Buffett said he did not want the law to “trump fun for my loyal fans this year.”

Buffett said that whether or not he will play future shows in the state will be dependent on the repeal of the law.

“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,” he said.

There is a movement for some performers to donate proceeds from shows to help fund LGBTQ rights. Comedian Joel McHale, who played the Durham Performing Arts Center last week, told the audience he would donate "every single dime I make tonight" to the city's LGBTQ Center to show support.

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  • Chance Loria Apr 12, 9:58 p.m.
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    Have you met Jimmy? Do you know him personally? Based upon your statement, I can definitively say No. I used to live near him and have spent time with him. And I can say positively that he is FAR from self centered. He is very carefree and open-minded. He has a place in Key West for goodness sake ... an epicenter of transgenders/LGBT. And he certainly doesn't shy away from them ... He parties with them.

    You may fact check next time before you try to throw somebody under the bus.

  • Chance Loria Apr 12, 9:31 p.m.
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    Once again, you're just being ridiculous! Did you/can you actually read the article before you post!?! He called the law stupid and doesn't agree with it and yet you bash him for agreeing with YOU? Wow!!!

  • Raleigh Rose Apr 12, 3:10 p.m.
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    Yeah, those myths vs. facts from McCrory aren't exactly correct.

    http://www.wral.com/fact-check-mccrory-s-myths-vs-facts-email-on-hb2/15605025/

    http://chapelboro.com/featured/facts-and-myths-that-mccrory-forgot-about-house-bill-2

  • John Snow Apr 12, 2:04 p.m.
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    He is a member of the WORST GENERATION. They are nothing if not self centered.

  • Fanny Chmelar Apr 12, 1:25 p.m.
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    Jimmy Buffett: Loyal fans more important than their 'civil rights'

    It's about the money to him.

  • Dorian Grayfox Apr 12, 12:01 p.m.
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    More quotes from Mr. Buffett.
    ""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," wrote Buffett in a blog post.
    "These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law," he said. "I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year."

  • Doug Smallen Apr 12, 11:40 a.m.
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    Charlotte's ordinance went beyond just Transgender, it allowed all to choose a facility to go into.

  • Doug Smallen Apr 12, 11:36 a.m.
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    Just a big Media hype show.
    http://myfox8.com/2016/03/29/myths-vs-facts-about-house-bill-2-released-by-nc-gov-pat-mccrorys-office/

  • Dorian Grayfox Apr 12, 11:26 a.m.
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    As you see, Mr. Buffett calls the law "stupid". "“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 the law.”. He also said that decisions to play NC in the future are dependent on the REPEAL of the law. Thank you Mr. Buffett! I hope that when he performs he spends 15 minutes berating the people who support HB2.

  • Raleigh Rose Apr 12, 11:18 a.m.
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    You are wrong there Arron. You did lose some rights. Not only did it take rights of local/city governments to pass their own anti-discrimination laws and/or raise their minimum wage. It also takes away the right of every single North Carolina citizen to file a state-level lawsuit for a discriminatory firing based on age, sex, national origin, color or race. Yes, you can still file at the Federal level, but the filing has a much tighter time restraint (180 days for Federal vs. 3 years for state) and is much more difficult. So clearly this law looks after who the GOP really support-big business. It certainly does nothing to support everyday working people and has taken rights away from EVERYONE. The whole scare tactic of protecting women and children was the ruse used to gain support and pass what they really wanted to.

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