North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was absolutely livid after the National Basketball Association pulled its annual NBA Allstar game over his state’s controversial HB2 law which discriminates against members of the LBGTQ community, particularly transgender people.
On Thursday the NBA sent this statement in reaction to North Carolina’s failure to repeal or scale back its discriminatory HB2 law.
“Our week-long schedule of All-Star events and activities is intended to be a global celebration of basketball, our league, and the values for which we stand, and to bring together all members of the NBA community — current and former players, league and team officials, business partners, and fans,” said the NBA in a statement. “While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2.”
The governor railed against what he described as “the sports and entertainment elite” and “Liberal media” attempting to dictate their way of life onto a sovereign state. McCrory called the NBA’s decision, “Total P.C. BS”
McCrory went on to whine about how the NBA doesn’t pull games from China over their terrible human rights record.
It’s funny how Neo-con politicians like McCrory can rail against a private business for exercising their right to do business with a state because their laws violate the company’s moral beliefs. After all, Republicans argue that corporations are people too, do they not? So why should the corporations not have the same rights as any individual who doesn’t want to do business in a state who’s laws they find objectionable?
McCrory’s HB2 law was created to repeal a law passed in Charlotte, North Carolina, which extended protections against discrimination against the city’s LGBTQ community. McCrory and his Republican cohorts passed the HB2 bill to “clarify” discrimination, and it just so happened to leave out LGBTQ residents from its “protection.” This move opened the door for all manner of discrimination against the state’s LGBTQ population.
But now it seems that McCrory and his band of bible thumping zealots have at least 100 million new reasons to regret passing their hateful law. Hopefully, the citizens of North Carolina will wake up and clean house before they lose more economic opportunities.
Here’s a great response to McCrory’s bigotry by someone who attempting to talk some sense into the delusional governor.
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