GREENSBORO, N.C. – Congressman Mark Walker is calling Bruce Springsteen a “bully” for cancelling his Greensboro concert over House Bill 2.
Springsteen announced on Friday that he would not be playing his planned concert Sunday at the Greensboro Coliseum because of North Carolina’s controversial new law.
“We’ve got other artists coming soon — Def Leppard, Justin Bieber,” said the Republican congressman who represents portions of Greensboro, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I’ve never been a Bieber fan, but I might have to go,” Walker continued. “Maybe artists who weren’t ‘born to run’ deserve a little bit more support.”
Refunds for people who bought the Springsteen concert tickets in person start Monday at 11 a.m. People who bought tickets online have already been automatically refunded.
More than 15,000 concert tickets were sold and the cancellation cost the Greensboro Coliseum an estimated net revenue loss of $100,000, according to the venue.
Gov. Pat McCrory recently signed the bill, called the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, after it was passed by the North Carolina Senate.
House Bill 2 blocks transgender individuals from using public bathrooms that match their gender identity and stops cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances to protect gay and transgender people. The bill also bans state lawsuits for any type of workplace discrimination.
“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 in a statement. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”
The April 10th concert would have marked the popular “Born in the USA” and “Dancing in the Dark” singer’s ninth appearance at Greensboro Coliseum.
Walker said Springsteen is “known to be on the radical left” and described the cancellation as a “bully tactic.”
“It’s like when a kid gets upset and says he’s going to take his ball and go home,” Walker said.