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Brad Paisley delivered a memorable take on North Carolina's House Bill 2 in an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week.
When host Kimmel asked the country star Tuesday night if he had anything to say about current events, Paisley said country music dealt with the issue of restroom use back in 1968. He then launched into, to the tune of Tammy Wynette's classic "Stand by Your Man," a song with lyrics including "In North Carolina, they're checking for vaginas if you want to use the can" and "Sit by your man."
Paisley's song does include some problematic language, including the inaccurate phrase that a transgender woman was "born a man." Nonetheless, Paisley's parody seems to be taking aim at the absurdity of the sweeping (and possibly illegal) law in North Carolina, which builds on a long history of anti-LGBT animus from elected officials in the Tar Heel State.
The infamous North Carolina law, among other things, bars transgender people from using the restroom that corresponds with the gender identity, in government buildings.
Watch Paisley's performance below, and below that, a person-on-the-street feature in which people are asked if they recognize unisex bathroom signage as such, or if, as Kimmel thought, the figure on the sign looks like a man with an erection.