In a blog post on his official website, Buffett called the state's House Bill 2, which blocks cities from passing non-discrimination laws and bars transgender people from using public restrooms that correspond with their gender identity, a "stupid law" that is "based on stupid assumptions."
But the 69-year-old "Margaritaville" rocker didn't go quite as far as Springsteen by canceling his shows, and said his North Carolina concerts would go on as planned next week.
"I happen to believe that the majority of our fans in North Carolina feel the way I do about that law," Buffett wrote in the post on Saturday. "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."
Noting that he would not let "stupidity or bigotry trump fun for my loyal fans," Buffett said he's committed to taking the stage at Raleigh's Walnut Creek Amphitheatre on April 21 and at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte April 23. He did, however, note that he would think twice about scheduling future shows in North Carolina depending on "whether that stupid law is repealed."
Fellow rocker Gregg Allman is taking a similar approach. The 68-year-old star decried House Bill 2 in a Facebook post, but nonetheless said he and his band will move forward with an April 13 performance at the Cone Denim Entertainment Center in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Nearly two weeks after North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed House Bill 2 into law, the firestorm of controversy surrounding its passage continues to rage.
Deutsche Bank announced on Tuesday that it was freezing its plans to add 250 jobs at its software development center in Cary, North Carolina, as a result of the anti-LGBT law. PayPal announced on April 5, it will not go through with a plan to build a 400-employee operations center in the state as a result of the legislation.
Country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus joined his daughter, Miley Cyrus, in expressing his own distaste for North Carolina's anti-LGBT law, as well as similar legislation that has been passed in Mississippi and Tennessee, in a lengthy Facebook post Monday.