Dixie Chicks Protest North Carolina ‘Bathroom Bill’ With Hats for Fans
The Dixie Chicks found their own unique way to protest North Carolina's controversial "bathroom bill" during recent stops in Raleigh and Charlotte. Rather than cancel the shows, the country trio turned to their fans to help spread a message of love and equality.
Rolling Stone reports that concertgoers in Raleigh (Aug. 12) and Charlotte (Aug. 13) were presented with free trucker hats, emblazoned with the male, female and transgender symbols and the words "No Hate in Our State." Onstage in Raleigh, Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines told the crowd, "[W]e love to support positivity. Peace and love" (quote via the News & Observer).
The Dixie Chicks have been outspoken in their political views through their current DCX MMXVI World Tour: During their recent shows, the Chicks have been displaying a video backdrop of shocking newspaper headlines and photos of evil men — one of whom is Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, whose photo has been altered to include drawn-on devil horns and a mustache / goatee combination. In recent months, Maines has also, on her Twitter account, blasted then-Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz and called out country radio for continuing to talk about Trump.
North Carolina’s "bathroom bill" -- aka, HB2, known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act -- dictates that people must use the bathrooms that match the sex indicated on their birth certificates. Opponents of the law argue that it’s discriminatory toward the transgender and LGTBQ communities, and a number of artists, country and otherwise, have responded by canceling their scheduled shows in the state or, as Brandi Carlile and Cyndi Lauper did earlier this summer, turning their concerts into fundraisers for equal rights organizations.
The Dixie Chicks began the North American leg of their DCX MMXVI World Tour in June. Dates are currently scheduled into early October.
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