A day before Cyndi Lauper’s concert in Raleigh, the cast of the singer’s Broadway musical Kinky Boots has released a music video opposing North Carolina’s House Bill 2.
“Just Pee (Where You Want To Pee)” features Lauper and co-star Harvey Fierstein dancing in a bathroom, waving toilet paper and singing rewritten lyrics to the musical’s final song, “Just Be.”
“So, you don’t like transgender people?” Fierstein said in a news release accompanying the video. “Have the balls to honestly say it. Today’s bathroom controversy is fueled by the same bigots that sought to ban gay and lesbian teachers forty years ago. All these years later they’re still hiding behind the claim that they’re only protecting their children.”
Fierstein said the song is intended to poke fun at the controversial law, which among other provisions requires people in government facilities to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.
“It’s time to take a step back and laugh at our own absurdity,” he said. “This video is a reminder that sometimes we go to the bathroom just to pee.”
Lauper will perform Saturday at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh and plans to donate some of the proceeds to LGBT advocacy groups.
Lauper also put a line in her contract requiring the city-owned facility to provide a gender-neutral bathroom for the show. The city agreed and also added gender-neutral facilities at the Red Hat Amphitheater and Raleigh Convention Center.