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Alt-Rockers Wilco Cancel Indiana Show in Protest

Alt-Rockers Wilco Cancel Indiana Show in Protest


The Grammy Award-winners call the state's new 'religious freedom' law an 'odious measure.'

Add the indie rock band Wilco to the list of LGBT allies who refuse to do business in Indiana following the state's discriminatory new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning sextet has canceled an upcoming concert in the state.

"We are canceling our May 7 show at the Murat in Indianapolis," read a post on Wilco's Facebook page Monday. "The 'Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act' feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us. Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed."

Wilco's FB post has been liked over 59,000 times as of early Tuesday morning and has sparked important dialogue among fans about the new law and Wilco's involvement in the fight against bigotry.

This isn't the first time Wilco front man Jeff Tweedy has stood up for LGBT rights. In 2013 the Chicago-based singer-guitarist wrote a letter to an Illinois newspaper to support marriage equality in the state.

Wilco's announcement is just the latest in a flurry of social media posts and activity by musicians protesting the controversial new law. Earlier this week, pop icon Cher tweeted her disdain for both Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the law, calling it "old ugly bigotry" and asking, "Would they imprison my sweet child or worse?"

Days before, Miley Cyrus took to Instagram, posting a photo of the governor with the blunt message "You're an asshole."

However, not all pop stars are canceling shows. Bleachers' Jack Antonoff has said he will continue to perform in Indiana despite the law. Over the weekend, in a series of impassioned tweets, Antonoff said, "I don't believe in canceling shows in places where awful laws are being passed, I believe in going and SPEAKING OUT."

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