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HB2 updates: Etsy’s CEO protests; Blue Man Group cancels shows

Blue Man Group canceled June shows on Friday over House Bill 2
Blue Man Group canceled June shows on Friday over House Bill 2 file photo

Fallout from North Carolina’s House Bill 2 continues.

The CEO of Etsy, a global peer-to-peer digital marketplace that specializes in handmade or vintage items, has condemned the bill.

Chad Dickerson, a Greenville native, says HB2 is “egregious,” is an “unnecessary attempt to allow discrimination” and “doesn’t reflect the North Carolina I know,” in a blog post on Medium.

Professing a support for local activism rather than boycotts, Dickerson wrote that he would help sponsor a concert of local musicians in Saxapahaw on May 15: Stand Against HB2 — North Carolina Musicians United for EqualityNC. All ticket proceeds will go to EqualityNC, a rights advocacy group for LGBTQ North Carolinians, and QORDS, a weeklong overnight summer camp for queer and trans youth or youth of LGBTQ families.

On Saturday, the Blue Man Group became the latest entertainment act to cancel a North Carolina appearance in protest. The group’s show, which has been seen in 15 countries by more than 35 million people since 1991, is a combination of music, comedy and technology performed by three men dressed as Blue Man, meant to invoke the word “human.”

It had been scheduled for shows at Belk Theater in Charlotte June 17-19.

“At the heart of every Blue Man Group performance is a joyful celebration of all human kind — including our commonalities and our differences,” the group said on its website. “We value every individual’s right to live a dignified, vibrant life in full color. As such, we are joining the growing list of entertainment professionals in protest of North Carolina’s HB2 law by canceling our upcoming tour performances in Charlotte. We regret any disappointment this may cause our fans, but look forward to performing for you in the future.”

Refunds for ticket buyers will be automatically generated, the group said. Buyers with questions can call 704-372-1000 or email tickets@ncbpac.org.

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