Author and singer Henry Rollins mocked North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) in his column for LA Weekly on Thursday, saying he was being “charitable” even mentioning him by name.
“The truth is that no one cares what his name is,” Rollins wrote. “He will be dimly remembered as the asshole who signed that f*cked-up bill that embarrassed the majority of North Carolinians.”
Rollins became the latest culture figure to criticize HB2, which bars trans residents from using public restrooms according to their gender identities, and also struck down anti-discrimination statutes implemented in Charlotte.
The bill’s passage has led Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Cirque du Soleil to cancel performances in the state, while PayPal scrapped plans to set up a facility there. According to Rollins, the wave of criticism has put McCrory in an awkward political position.
“If McCrory eventually caves and tries to repeal it, everyone will know it’s because he values money over his homophobia, which he has poorly disguised as moral rectitude and common sense,” the former Black Flag frontman argued. “Either way he’s f*cked.”
Rollins also revealed that he used to live in North Carolina for several summer seasons during his youth, and described it as “a great state in which to be a broke band on the road,” because of both the amount of venues in college towns in which he could perform and the number of fans who would open their homes to him after shows.
“Judging from the people of the state I have met over almost 50 years, I can’t believe they are pleased with House Bill 2. They probably are wondering how they got to where they are now,” he wrote.