Bryan Adams

Singer Cancels Concert Over “Anti-LGBT” Bill, But Gladly Plays in Country That EXECUTES Homosexuals

So let’s talk about Bryan Adams. The Canadian singer recently announced via Instagram that he would be cancelling his concert in Mississippi because of the state’s religious liberty law:

“Mississippi has passed anti-LGBT ‘Religious Liberty’ bill 1523. I find it incomprehensible that LGBT citizens are being discriminated against in the state of Mississippi. 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 cancelling my 14 April show at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Using my voice I stand in solidarity with all my LGBT friends to repeal this extremely discriminatory bill. Hopefully Mississippi will right itself and I can come back and perform for all of my many fans. I look forward to that day. #stop1523”

Let’s be clear. I don’t like HB1523. I think it’s bad legislation. It’s a poorly-written bill, with a scope so massive it makes me uncomfortable. There’s a difference between a bill like Missouri’s SJR39, which is tightly worded, and pertains to institutions of faith as well as participatory businesses, and HB1523. I would not have voted for HB1523.

That being said, I find it curious when a celebrity becomes indignant over a law with which they disagree, then turn right around and do something that violates that indignation. For example, Mr. Adams is so appalled by Mississippi’s “anti-LGBT” bill that he won’t even set foot in the state, yet in 2010 and 2014, his tours took him to Syria, Qatar, Oman, and Zimbabwe.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. The Middle East and Africa are super friendly to gays! It’s not like they call for their flogging, imprisonment, and death. Oh wait–that’s exactly what they do.

The punishment for homosexuality in Syria is a prison sentence of up to three years. In Oman, it’s the same. Qatar is a bit more harsh, with punishments ranging from flogging to seven years in prison. Zimbabwe takes the cake, eats it, then takes another cake and eats that. Homosexuality is not only illegal in Zimbabwe, but President Robert Mugabe said in 2013 that gays should be decapitated.

Yet…Bryan Adams had no qualms about playing to sold out arenas in those countries. So what’s the deal?

There are several possibilities here, but Adams (like every celebrity and business in a similar position) will find a way to squirm out of this moral quandary. He’ll say that playing in countries where gays are beaten, imprisoned, and executed is a political statement. Perhaps he’ll even claim that his performance in these human rights wastelands will inspire change. It’s a reach, but nonsense is what the left does best.

If it’s a political statement in Zimbabwe, why can’t it be a political statement in Mississippi? Because it’s not a political statement at all, it’s just rank hypocrisy.

Adams is a westerner, and therefore the west is all that matters. Human rights issues in far-away lands are just a half-painted picture in the back of his mind. It’s selfishness.

Adams wants to see the world, and as a performer, he gets to do that. He justifies his hypocrisy by loudly proclaiming his disgust with Mississippi. That’ll correct the record for sure! And there’s no downside for him. First of all, no one grows up dreaming of visiting Mississippi–so there’s no great loss there. Second, he gets free publicity, and good-guy points.

But here’s the thing–we see you, Bryan. You’re a selfish, hypocritical human being. You can yell and wave your hands about Mississippi till your face turns blue, but you gladly went to a country where the president said gays should be decapitated.

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Frank Camp

Frank Camp breathes politics--that, and regular air. After the 2004 election ignited a passion for politics in Frank, he's been dedicated to understanding what makes people think the way they do. His goal at Constitution.com is to arm his fellow conservatives with the tools they need to fight the liberal army in an effective and persuasive manner.

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