All The Celebs Who Are Boycotting Indiana Because Of Its Bigoted "Religious Freedom" Bullshit
Earlier this week, we reported on how celebs responded to the news of Indiana’s SB101. Under the guise of so-called “religious freedom,” the senate bill allows business owners to use their faith as an excuse to avoid working with or for people who might be gay. This has made Indiana the new frontline of the equal rights movement, and here are the celebs who are taking up the fight.
Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally (our future super best friends, and one of the coolest celebrity couples to ever) who are on a comedy tour called “Summer of 69”:
.@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE I donate the money I make in your state while Im there to organizations that will combat your hateful legislation.— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) March 26, 2015
Charles Barkley has spoken out, pushing for the Final Four to be moved from its typical home in Indianapolis (the NCAA’s headquarters), saying, “As long as anti-gay legislation exists in any state, I strongly believe big events such as the Final Four and Super Bowl should not be held in those states’ cities.”
A slew of politicians are barring city/state workers from using government funds to travel to or in Indiana. The list is growing, but currently includes: Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
Then on the business front, Salesforce, Angie’s List, Apple, Subaru, and Yelp are all publicly opposing Indiana’s latest move with moves of their own.
Angie’s List had plans for expansion in Indiana that would have brought $40 million to the state, but that’s being halted. Subaru, Apple and Yelp issued statements of disapproval. Even Twitter got in on the (well-deserved) pile-on:
We’re disappointed to see state bills that enshrine discrimination. These bills are unjust and bad for business. We support #EqualityForAll.— Policy (@policy) March 30, 2015
But let’s be clear: just because this law was passed doesn’t mean everyone in Indiana is a bigoted piece of shit. (Though this pizza shop owner definitely is.) Some Indiana business owners have been spoken out against SB101 by putting up “This Business Serves Everyone” stickers.
So if you do have to spend money in Indiana and being an ally to the LGBT community matters to you, use this sticker as a guide.
As far as we’re aware this is no “This Business If For Bigoted Asshats Only” sticker just yet.
Know of more celebs boycotting because of SB101? Share in comments.
Kristy Puchko is still waiting for Omri Katz to weigh in on all this.