Duran Duran speaks out against HB2, fans respond

- Duran Duran says they did consider canceling their show, but decided it was best for them to fight for the rights of those in the LGBT community. Saturday night the band did more than just speak out against HB2, they took action in hopes of getting the attention of lawmakers.

"Duran Duran is opposed to bigotry and discrimination in all of it's ugly forms," said the band as they took the stage Saturday night with a petition in their hands.

It was a firm message, in front of thousands of cheering fans, that was heard loud and clear by members of Equality NC. Some of them were on stage or in the crowd.

"When I walked out on stage and saw a sea of 7,000 concert-goers cheering in support of Duran Duran's message I really realized where a majority of people are on this issue," said Matt Hirschy from Equality NC

The cheers could have easily never happened, as other big-name musicians like Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr have canceled shows in North Carolina.

"I really love the approach they [Duran Duran] took and I think that all North Carolinians should, out of respect to their fans and the state," said Hirschy.

Duran duran not only spoke out against HB2, they took action live on stage.

"We urge you to sign this petition which will be presented at the General Assembly meeting on April 28," the band told the crowd of 7,000.

"We actually ran out of petition forms after they signed it on stage," said Hirschy.

And less than 24 hours after the message on stage, Governor Pat McCrory took to Sunday morning television.

"I don't think government should be telling the private sector what their restroom and shower law should be -- to allow a man into a woman's restroom, or shower facility at a YMCA for example," said Governor McCrory.

It's a message Equality NC has heard before.

"I think what we are seeing is the Governor doubling down on some really harmful and false rhetoric," said Hirschy.

But Governor McCrory says what could be even more hurtful is telling North Carolina businesses how to make rules for restrooms.

"In government, and I am not going to tell the private sector,  any manufacturer, any bank, can have their own policy," said Governor McCrory.

The petition that was signed by thousands of Duran Duran fans Saturday night -- will be hand delievered to lawmakers when they return to session on April 25th.

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