After happily putting on concerts in Middle Eastern countries that regularly persecute homosexuals, aging Canadian rocker Bryan Adams announced that he's canceling his concert in Mississippi this week because he cannot "in good conscience" play in state that allows "discrimination" according to sexual orientation. The hypocrisy didn't go unnoticed on social media and conservative outlets.
Mississippi passed a law last week intended to protect employers' religious rights by allowing their deeply religious beliefs and moral convictions to determine workplace policies on grooming, dress code, and bathroom and locker room access (e.g., not allowing men to use women's facilities). The law has resulted in the predictable outrage from the celebrity class, among them Adams and Bruce Springsteen, who recently conducted his own boycott of North Carolina for a similar measure.
Citing the "extremely discriminatory" law, Adams posted the announcement on Instagram and his website. "I cannot in good conscience perform in a State where certain people are being denied their civil rights due to their sexual orientation. Therefore I’m canceling my 14 April show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum," he wrote. Adams received a bunch of praise for his act of protest, including from Springsteen.
Unfortunately for Adams, after his "brave" announcement, some folks took a closer look at his past concert schedule. Turns out he's spent a lot of his time in recent years playing in countries notorious for persecuting the people he says he cares so much about. One of those countries: Egypt, which, as BizPac Review points out, "sentenced two men to three years in jail for getting married to each other in 2015" and in which, as CNN puts, the gay community as a whole is "living in fear."
HotAir's Allahpundit nails Adams' on the glaring double standard:
If Adams is bothered by the persecution of gays, he should find the thought of playing Egypt more repugnant than playing Mississippi. But it’s also not true that even a has-been like Adams has zero influence over how foreigners behave. If he made a show of boycotting Muslim countries for their treatment of gays, some Americans would pay attention. That would put public pressure on better-known stars to start practicing what they preach too. A broader boycott by American entertainment, depending of course on how broad it is, would at least give the powers that be something to think about.
For the "inconsistency," Adams was roundly ripped on social media (via BizPac Review):