Father John Misty is the latest of high profile artists making a stand against the controversial “Bathroom bill” in North Carolina. While big named artists like Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam have boycotted the state, Josh Tillman on the other hand will continue to perform in North Carolina in his own form of protest.
The I Love You, Honeybear singer will be donating all proceeds from his show at the Fillmore Charlotte to Time Out Youth, a LGBT support center based out of Charlotte.
HB2, otherwise known as the “bathroom bill” forces transgendered men and women to use bathrooms that matches the gender on their birth certificate. Of the bill, Tillman said:
“The bill is obviously bullshit. [If] I thought playing a show for my fans in North Carolina was in any way some tacit endorsement of this fearful, petty, ignorant nonsense, I wouldn’t. I also play states that have oppressive drug laws designed to imprison the disenfranchised, rig elections, deny women their dignity, defend the reckless and insane practice of selling guns and sustain a permanent underclass with hypocritical, opportunist readings of archaic documents written by land-stealers who never intended political privilege to extend past their buddies.“
Tillman told Rolling Stone “These are obviously all huge systemic problems, but for me, this show represents a start in investing in the plight of other Americans.” Father John Misty says performing in the state does not mean he is endorsing the bill in any way.
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As well take a look at last night’s photos of Father John Misty at Massey Hall here: