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Ringo Starr cancels N.C. show over law seen as discriminatory

Ringo Starr performed in concert with his All Starr Band in Baltimore in 2015.
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Ringo Starr performed in concert with his All Starr Band in Baltimore in 2015.

The Beatles famously sang “all you need is love.”

Decades later, Ringo Starr quoted the song to say that he was canceling a June 18 show in North Carolina due to House Bill 2, which has been roundly criticized as discriminatory.

“I’m sorry to disappoint my fans in the area, but we need to take a stand against this hatred. Spread peace and love,” he said in a statement posted to Facebook on Wednesday.

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The rocker was set to bring his All Starr Tour Show to the Koka Booth Ampitheatre in the town of Cary, but said that the law discriminates against people in the LGBT community.

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“How sad that they feel that this group of people cannot be defended,” he added.

Starr is the latest in a string of high-profile celebrities and executives to criticize the law, which prohibits transgender people from using public bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. Others include Bruce Springsteen, who announced he was canceling his concert in Greensboro. More than 130 corporate executives have also criticized the law, and PayPal said it would cancel plans to bring 400 jobs to North Carolina.