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Henry Rollins Pens Op-Ed on Anti-LGBT Law: 'It Seems Like a Long Way to Go to Please a Handful of Hicks'

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Henry Rollins attends AOL Build Presents Henry Rollins And Jason Krawczyk, "He Never Died" at AOL Studios on Dec. 15, 2015 in New York City. 

Henry Rollins is the latest artist to speak out against North Carolina's anti-LGBT legislation. Unlike Bruce Springsteen, who canceled his concert in the state, or Cyndi Lauper, who is donating proceeds from her concert to charity, Rollins penned an op-ed in LA Weekly, expressing his contempt for the bill and the man who made it law. 

"[This bill] seems like a long way to go to please a handful of hicks, but obviously the governor was losing sleep over all those poor homophobes shaking in their boots as to who is in the stall next to them, and he took action," Rollins wrote. "[Gov. McCrory] will be dimly remembered as the asshole who signed that f---ed-up bill that embarrassed the majority of North Carolinians."

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In his article, Rollins also showed his admiration for artists like Springsteen, who used their star power to bring light to the issue. "Bruce Springsteen’s reputation, as far as I can see, is unimpeachable," Rollins wrote. "His statement coming from a less well-known artist would be all well and good but would carry only a fraction of the weight."

Springsteen's statement on House Bill 2, the controversial North Carolina law that prevents transgender individuals from using the bathrooms of the gender with which they identify, has brought the issue to light and has subsequently caused other artists to speak out. However, as Rollins notes, nothing that the governor can do will erase HB2 from people's memories or replace the monetary damage that North Carolina has faced as a result of the bill.

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"HB2 is now law. There is no 'walking it back.' If McCrory eventually caves and tries to repeal it, everyone will know it’s because he values money over his homophobia, which he has poorly disguised as moral rectitude and common sense. Either way, he’s f---ed."

Read the full LA Weekly op-ed here.