I want to express my appreciation to “The Boss” for beautifully illustrating why so many boycotts are unethical, and frequently stupid as well.
First, Springstein’s statement:
This is political correctness grandstanding and nothing else. Springsteen could have made a statement strongly deploring the new law, and it would have had exactly as much impact on the viability of the law and public opinion regarding it as this one. For good measure, however, the pop icon decided to punish his fans for a law most of them probably oppose anyway. I guess he could have also kicked some dogs or set his hair on fire, both of which would have been precisely as effective as withholding a good time that his loyal followers had paid for, planned and looked forward to.
Let’s be clear. This an empty gesture that does no good, and appreciable harm. Missing a concert means nothing to Springsteen, who doesn’t need either the money or the practice. It also mean nothing to the offending legislators, who don’t and shouldn’t care a bit about what a non-resident pop star thinks about North Carolina’s social policy.
A dumb, pointless gesture that gratuitously injures the innocent, does nothing to change the policy he’s objecting to, and accomplishes nothing but giving him the ego gratification of being able to claim he did “something.”