Classic rock station placeholder Boston announced that it was cancelling all upcoming shows scheduled for North Carolina, in protest of HB 2.
The decision had wide-ranging impacts on organizers of county fairs, chili cookoffs and church festivals.
“I’m not sure what we’re going to do,” said Herb Freeman, owner of Freeman Toyota outside of Fayetteville. “They were going to headline our 24-Hour Toyotathon next week. We already rented the tent to put up next to the service bay.”
“I mean, I guess we can get the girl Steve Harvey thought was Miss Universe,” a frazzled Freeman added, “But she’ll cost more.”
Also scrambling to make contingency plans was Raymond Kodesh. Boston was scheduled to play his son Joel’s bar mitzvah at the end of April.
“He’s a big Red Sox fan,” Kodesh explained. “I mean, they were just the opening act, but still, we’re not sure who we can get at this point. Joel, of course, is hoping it’ll be someone he’s heard of.”
On the flip side, LGBT groups across North Carolina issued statements indicating they appreciated the support, regardless of how obscure it may. The statements didn’t mention Boston specifically, but they may have been including the group in the term, “everyone”.
“It’s a domino effect,” said LGBT rights expert Jason May. “Today, it’s Boston. Tomorrow, it may be Men Without Hats, a-ha or Jodi Watley. Then, maybe one day, the Cars will join the fight.”
Damn Yankees and Tears for Fears were unavailable for comment.