Adam Lambert praises Bruce Springsteen's decision to cancel North Carolina show

Thu. April 14, 2016 10:33 AM by

Out singer Adam Lambert has praised Bruce Springsteen's decision to cancel a North Carolina show over a law that targets the LGBT community.

House Bill 2, approved last month during a one-day special session, bars students attending public institutions from using the bathroom that does not conform to their gender at birth and blocks cities from enacting ordinances that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band was set to perform Sunday in Greensboro, but announced Friday that it would not perform in North Carolina as a show of support for "freedom fighters" working to overcome "these negative developments."

"I'm not here to say what is wrong or right," Lambert said in a video interview with NME. "I understand why [Springsteen] would do it, especially if you are an artist with that kind of clout and legacy. It's a great way to send a message of support or rejection to legislation. It is too bad that those [laws] are happening right now."

"I think it's pretty badass that [Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band] canceled their shows," he added. "I've been in a couple of circumstances like that and I'm always trying to be sensitive to people's sensitivities. You have to be careful but there's a real eloquent way to make statements about that kind of stuff."

(Related: Steven Van Zandt: North Carolina cancellation about stopping spread of "evil virus.")

Lambert added that he was impressed with recent comments Ellen DeGeneres made in opposition to a similar law in Mississippi.

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