Broadway star Audra McDonald ripped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for signing a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers.
McDonald, who tweets under the name @AudraEqualityMc, attacked the governor directly, comparing the law to Jim Crow laws that banned traveling African-American musicians from staying in hotels or eating in whites only restaurants.
The six-time Tony award winning actress asked the governor if gay members of her band would be able to find accommodations, before suggesting that she might "stick to singing in states that don't legislate hate."
According to the governor, the bill -- which has been roundly condemned by corporations and human rights groups-- would protect "people of faith" from having to compromise their religious values by providing goods and services to gays.
The popular singer, who recently finished a sold-out run playing Billie Holiday on Broadway, told the governor, "I donate the money I make in your state while I'm there to organizations that will combat your hateful legislation."
McDonald has two shows scheduled in Indiana in April, with the second show scheduled for Indianapolis before returning to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall.
McDonald's tweets below:
On the phone w/@united so long I forgot what year it was, then saw the law Indiana Gov.Pence just signed & remembered...It's 1950 #NOHATE— Audra McDonald (@Audra McDonald)1427401780.0
.@GovPenceIN Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?— Audra McDonald (@Audra McDonald)1427408149.0
.@GovPenceIN or could you maybe send us a list of where its okay for us to go? Might the law apply to me?(I'm black).— Audra McDonald (@Audra McDonald)1427408208.0
.@GovPenceIN or maybe I should fire my gay band members just to be on the safe side.— Audra McDonald (@Audra McDonald)1427408250.0
.@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE...we need to stick to singing in states that don't legislate hate?— Audra McDonald (@Audra McDonald)1427408302.0
.@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 (@Audra McDonald)1427408388.0
.@GovPenceIN Yep. That's what I'll do. Hey @HRC get ready for a little money coming your way from Indiana via me to you! Have at it!— Audra McDonald (@Audra McDonald)1427408886.0
Thanks to those who have made me aware of @freedom_indiana. I will definitely donate to them as well.— Audra McDonald (@Audra McDonald)1427412789.0