Musicians, businesses, large corporations and other performers have all canceled operations or plans in states like Mississippi and North Carolina, that have recently passed anti-LGBTQ laws. Add funny man Tracy Morgan to that ever growing list. The former “Saturday Night Live” cast member, “30 Rock star,” and stand-up comic recently canceled a show scheduled for April 29 in Mississippi in response to the Religious Accommodations Act or HB 1523, which will allows private businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ citizens.
The show was part of Morgan’s Picking Up the Pieces tour, a comeback after being involved in a near fatal car cash in 2014. The comedian was supposed to perform at Horseshoe Tunica Hotel and Casino in Robinsonville. The hotel released this statement from him explaining his decision:
“Tracy did not make this decision lightly. He very much looks forward to rescheduling his tour dates in the area after the ‘Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,’ is either repealed or heavily amended.”
In early April, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed the religious freedoms bill. Essentially, it states those with religious objections can refuse wedding services to same-sex couples and allows businsses to use their own personal religious beliefs to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals when it comes to bathroom access.
This bill follows on the heels of North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signing a similar religious freedoms bill, HB 2.
And while North Carolina has seen tremendous backlash for signing HB 2, with corporations like Paypal and LionsGate pulling out operations, musicians canceling concerts and even breweries have partnered up to support LGBTQ organizations, Mississippi has also felt the wrath.
Washington, New York and Vermont have all banned state-funded travel to the state, employers have decried the law, and Funny or Die web series even made a spoof anti-LGBTQ tourism video for Mississippi.