While many people are cheering Bruce Springsteen's decision to cancel a North Carolina concert in light of the state's new anti-LGBT legislation, Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.) is not one of them.
In fact, the congressman told The Hollywood Reporter that he believes the rock star is being a bully.
"Bruce is known to be on the radical left," Walker told the publication. "He's got every right to be so, but I consider this a bully tactic. It's like when a kid gets upset and says he's going to take his ball and go home."
Springsteen recently canceled his April 10 show at the Greensboro Coliseum, writing in a press release featured on his website, “Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry — which is happening as I write — is one of them.”
The Boss isn't the only one upset with the state's new HB2 legislation, which prevents cities from passing non-discrimination ordinances and prohibits transgender people from using restrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
On Friday night, comedian Joel McHale revealed he almost pulled the plug on his Durham, North Carolina, show and pledged to donate "every single dime I make tonight to the [Durham] LGBTQ Center." Earlier this month, PayPal canceled a proposed 400-job expansion in the state.
"We've got other artists coming soon — Def Leppard, Justin Bieber," the congressman noted. "I've never been a Bieber fan, but I might have to go. Maybe artists who weren't 'born to run' deserve a little bit more support."