Slipknot Are The Latest Band To Slam North Carolina’s Anti-LGBTQ+ Laws
On today’s episode of “People = Shit”, we’re looking at the slug-brained political abortions of North Carolina. Back in March, they signed off on the immensely controversial HB2 law, or Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act. The controversy surrounding the decision is fairly transparent: the law essentially forces transgender people to use the bathroom that aligns with their biological sex, rather than their actual gender.
The supposed reasoning behind its instatement is to keep men out of women’s restrooms, and vice versa – but what those who supported the bill out of misguided idiocy fail to realise is that transgender women are women, and that transgender women are not men, because women are not men (and vice versa). Simple, right?
As a form of protest, a handful of musicians have cancelled shows or avoided touring in North Carolina – Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, and Pearl Jam are amongst the bunch – but for acts like Father John Misty, Against Me!, and now, heavy metal hellions Slipknot, that just isn’t an option. Not because they’re desperate for revenue, of course – they’re in it to take a stance and send a message of their own. Ahead of their show at the Charlotte PNC Music Pavilion, Slipknot issued a Facebook note to decry the HB2 bill, and pledge their support for LGBTQ+ maggots.
“When we started this tour, we had reservations about playing in North Carolina,” the band wrote. “We believe that regardless of who you are, or what you believe in this country- and in our own metal community – that everyone should be given access to equal opportunities they need to succeed. This law flies in the face of those values.
“We believe that regardless of who you are, or who you love, you shouldn’t have to face hatred at home or in your community. Our fans in North Carolina deserve better, so we decided not to cancel. We don’t care where you pee- just please flush. It’s pretty simple, really.”
In an effort to drill their activism a tad further, Slipknot have teamed up with Equality NC, an LGTBQ+ advocacy group actively working to fight the HB2 law and have it repealed. Fans will be able to interact with members of Equality NC at the show to learn more about how they can get involved. Of course, we in Australia can’t do anything to change the vote, but it’s definitely worth throwing your (positive) comments into the mix to show some support.
“We’re coming to North Carolina to show our fans that they can make the difference needed to repeal this law and return their state to a place that welcomes everyone and values differences,” the note closed.
Slipknot are set to tour Australia this October with Lamb Of God, hitting Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne for three arena dates on the back of 2014’s .5: The Gray Chapter. We’re looking forward to moshing the fuck out with people of all gender identities and sexualities – let’s fuck shit up as a community, united as one.
Take a look at Slipknot’s full statement below!
Slipknot / Lamb Of God
Fri Oct 28th – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Sat Oct 29th – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Mon Oct 31st – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne