Who Is Boycotting North Carolina Because Of Anti-LGBT Law?
North Carolina recently declared themselves a garbage state that belongs in Hell by passing one of the most sweeping discrimination laws in the recent history of this already backwards country. Mississippi had previously joined the cause by allowing vendors to refuse service based on religious beliefs. In response to this legalized bigotry, a slew of celebrities, companies and at least one porn site have responded with idiosyncratic boycotts of the two states and their products. Here is a small sampling of this ever-growing roundup of efforts that are very definitely going to change the future of LGBT rights.*
- This porn site that blocked all North Carolina users.
- A gloabl PayPal operations center, which would have employed 400 people in North Carolina and is definitely not happening now.
- Oprah for being inspirational and never, not even one time, hosting a bake sale in the city of Raleigh.
- Tyson Foods and Nissan, by bravely objecting to the law in Mississippi, but continuing to sell foods and Nissans, respectively.
- Bruce Springsteen by refusing to play in North Carolina, because the state doesn’t deserve him.
- My neighbor, because he adopted the extremely yappy dog who keeps me up at night from a shelter in New York and not one in Mississippi.
- Cindy Lauper, by refusing to NOT play in North Carolina, because the state doesn’t deserve to not deserve her.
- Jimmy Buffett, by making a Facebook status and not canceling a show.
- The owner of the Mighty Quinn’s across the street from my apartment for not hanging up a sign that says, “WE LOVE BBQ BUT HATE GAYS.”
- Bryan Adams, by issuing a formal statement and not not canceling a show.
- This Utah deli that is no longer buying alligator from Mississippi, because too bad for you, ignorant reptiles who were about to be eaten on sandwiches.
- Me by not buying an “I <3 NC” mug I saw in a thrift store one time.
*In all seriousness, A LOT more needs to happen beyond boycotts or mindful non-boycotts, and the publicity-minded approach of both efforts only distracts from the deeply disturbing mistreatment of the LGBT community in both states.