Fan of Cyndi Lauper?
Want to see her at Durham Energy Performing Arts Center on June 4th? Then you must pay the gay rights group, Equality NC.
That’s right, she’s allegedly donating all the proceeds to Equality NC to help try to repeal HB 2. Therefore, your ticket purchase is going to that end.
Over this past weekend, the Ticketmaster site required you select the specially priced tickets in order to make the purchase.
You needed a code to obtain the tickets, which wasn’t available on the Ticketmaster page for the show, but only available in an special email from Equality NC.
The ‘special sale’ was supposed to run through June 1st, but the standard ticket purchase selection is back up this morning. ‘Special sale’ tickets or standard, the proceeds are going to the same place.
Here’s the text via Duke Energy Performing Arts Center page:
“In the dark haze of such oppression, people and companies are stepping up to fight back against this unjust law and ensure that all North Carolinians are treated with dignity and respect, especially the transgender community. I have seen time and time again what can happen when people join together to do what is fair and the effort to repeal HB2 is the right and fair thing to do.
I am hopeful that all of the current efforts to repeal HB2 will be successful and the True Colors Fund and I will continue to do all that we can to help. In that vein, the best way I know how to make a difference is what I have strived to do my whole life and that is show up for my family, friends, and fans in the LGBT community. So, for that reason I think the best way I can do my part is to turn my show in Raleigh on June 4th into an entire day to build public support to repeal HB2. I will be donating all of the profits from the show to Equality NC‘s efforts to repeal HB2 and I am proud of my manager and agent for joining me in this effort by donating their commissions from the show to this vital effort.
I look forward to coming to North Carolina and standing up for equality and fairness. If we truly want an inclusive society, we all have to include ourselves in the effort to make that happen. This is the best way I know how to include myself and urge you to join me in the best way you know how.”
Dear Ms. Lauper,
It’s one thing for you to want to give to a charity, but it’s quite another to force fans who may or may not disagree with you to be the ones paying that charity.
You say you want equality for all people, yet you’ve made it mandatory that a fan paying for a ticket subsidize your personal beliefs. There is no regular ticket option. Only an agenda tied one. You are a hypocrite.
You’re also a liar. The promo says you’re donating 100% to Equality NC, yet the ticket selection tool on Ticketmaster over the weekend says it is the “HRC and ENC promo”. HRC is Human Rights Campaign, which is a financial juggernaut whose combined revenue was over $52 million in 2014.
Ms. Lauper, you’ve just sided with a group (HRC) whose ultimate goal in repealing HB2 is to force women and young girls to share facilities that should be private with any given male who says the magic words, “I identify as female”. Tell me, is your dressing room gender neutral? Do you allow your male staff to change next to you there?
Congrats. You’re an official HRC useful idiot.
PS. If you want to be “taken seriously“, perhaps dying your hair pink, styling it as if a 4 year old attacked you with scissors and then dressing up in Madonna and Lady Gaga’s discards might not be the way to go for a 63 year old.