Social Justice Warrior Bryan Adams Boycotts Mississippi…but Not the Middle East?
Bryan Adams canceled his Mississippi tour date in protest over an anti-LGBT law, but apparently the social justice warrior has no problem playing in venues where gay people are openly persecuted.
The Canadian singer/songwriter is boycotting Mississippi to protest the state’s recently passed religious freedom law. Media and other left-wing groups were quick to thank the aging pop star, commending his bold stance on LGBT rights.
“I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi,” Adams posted to social media. “I cannot in good conscience perform in a state where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation.” (Source: “Bryan Adams Instagram,” Instagram, April 11, 2016.)
Some social media users, however, were quick to poke holes in the Liberal narrative. In a tweet published Monday, one user pointed out Bryan Adams performed a concert in Egypt last month. This is a country, it should be noted, where gay people are openly persecuted for their sexual orientation.
Other users also chimed in. NRA News Executive Producer Cameron Gray noted Adams played a series of concerts across the predominantly Islamic Middle East. Tour stops included Syria, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, all of which have deplorable track records on gay rights.
Mississippi’s new religious freedom law states that the government cannot force a citizen into an action if it is against a sincerely held religious belief. The law contains no sort of punishment or persecution for the gay or transgender communities. The bill only allows for someone like a Christian baker to refuse baking a cake for a gay wedding if it runs directly counter to that baker’s religious beliefs.
In contrast, homosexuality is illegal under Sharia law throughout much of the Islamic world. People in Qatar, for example, can be put to death for engaging in extramarital sex regardless of their sexual orientation. In the United Arab Emirates, there is a debate as to whether federal law proscribes the death penalty for consensual homosexual sex. (Source: “Here are the 10 countries where homosexuality may be punished by death,” The Washington Post, February 24, 2014.)
Other musicians are protesting similar bills in other states. Bruce Springsteen canceled his show in North Carolina on Friday to protest the state’s recently passed HB2, which bans cities from establishing LGBT nondiscrimination ordinances. Ringo Starr also canceled a concert in the state to protest what he deems a discriminatory law. (Source: “Ringo Starr follows Bruce Springsteen in cancelling North Carolina gig over anti-LGBT law,” NME, April 14, 2016.)
Will these rockers voice a similar protest for gay rights in the Islamic world? No word yet.