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'Bully' Bruce Springsteen attacked by US congressman for protesting anti-LBGT laws

'Some things are more important than a rock show,' singer said of his initial decision

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Bruce Springsteen has been criticised by a US congressman for canceling a concert in North Carolina.

North Carolina's new laws require individuals to use bathrooms corresponding to their biological sex, which some have deemed as discriminatory towards trans people. The laws also impact on local government's ability to pass anti-discrimination laws.

Springsteen released a statement explaining that he had pulled the band's gig in Greensboro, North Carolina on Sunday (April 10) because of this recently-passed Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, North Carolina Republican congressman Mark Walker called Springsteen's boycott "disappointing" and said "Bruce is known to be on the radical left and he’s got every right to be so, but I consider this a bully tactic. It’s like when a kid gets upset and says he’s going to take his ball and go home."

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Walker also claimed the legislation does not "target the LGBTQ community" but "targets impostors". He said: "It’s a little crazy to think sexual predators wouldn’t be devious enough to pull something off if they were free to go into any bathroom they want."

"Some things are more important than a rock show and this fight against prejudice and bigotry - which is happening as I write - is one of them," Springsteen said in the statement of his initial decision. "It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards."

Springsteen is touring the UK in May and June, with a series of stadium shows. He'll play the following live dates:

Manchester, Etihad Stadium(May 25)
Glasgow, Hampden Park (June 1)
Coventry, Ricoh Arena (June 3)
London, Wembley Stadium (June 5)

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