The Dixie Chicks have already taken on Donald Trump and called out country music’s hypocrisy during their DCX MMXVI World Tour, so it’s no surprise they made their North Carolina performances political.
While playing stops in Charlotte and Raleigh, the band handed out hats that read “No hate in our state” with a symbol representing gender inclusivity for all. The Dixie Chicks spoke about the hats, which are a direct hit against North Carolina’s discriminatory “bathroom bill.”
The anti-LGBT law, known as House Bill 2 or HB2, denies transgender people the ability to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity and enables discrimination against queer people living in the state. After North Carolina passed the “bathroom bill” in March, many entertainers ― like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Maroon 5 and Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato — canceled their NC shows.
“We have a favor to ask,” Natalie Maines told the Raleigh crowd, according to the News & Observer. “Since we didn’t cancel our show — you’re also the only state we bought gifts for — could you pull out the hats that we gave you? ’Cause we love to support positivity. Peace and love, peace and love.”
Now can anyone snag us one of those hats?
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