Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesBruce Springsteen canceled a concert with The E Street Band this past Sunday in Greensboro, North Carolina, in protest over legislation recently passed in the state that the famous rocker considers discriminatory against the LGBT community. Now, singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, who has two shows scheduled in North Carolina next week, has announced that he will go ahead and play the gigs, at the same time leveling some harsh criticism at the aforementioned legislation, calling it a “stupid law.”

In a message posted on his official website,, Buffett explains that he’d “played many shows years ago, in many states where you could go to prison for 20 years for smoking a joint,” maintaining that that “was a stupid law based on stupid assumptions.” He points out that “[t]ime has fortunately reversed a lot of that way of thinking. But now another stupid law, based on stupid assumptions, has sprung up like kudzu in North Carolina.”

The “bathroom bill” legislation, also known as Hose Bill 2 and the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, was signed into law last month by Governor Pat McCrory. It mandates that people must use bathrooms that match the sex that’s indicated on their birth certificates, which opponents of the law argue is discriminatory toward the transgender community.

Buffett also says he believes most of his fans feel the same way he does about the law, and out of loyalty to them he intends to honor his commitment to play the two gigs — on April 21 in Raleigh and April 23 in Charlotte.

“I am lucky enough to have found a job in the business of fun. These shows were booked and sold out long before the governor signed that stupid law,” he explains. “I am not going to let stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans this year.”

Jimmy adds that as for whether he’ll play more concerts in North Carolina in the future, “it would definitely depend on whether that stupid law is repealed. That is up to the good people of North Carolina and there are many, and I am confident that they will see that the right thing will be done. As Forrest [Gump] said, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.'”

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