By Amanda Wicks
To cancel or not to cancel? That’s been the looming question over touring bands scheduled to play in one of North Carolina’s many cities after the state passed the controversial bill HB2 earlier this year. Rather than disappoint their fans by canceling, however, the Dixie Chicks took a different approach. They played, but made a statement while doing it.
The Dixie Chicks’ team handed out free trucker hats to any and all who walked through the gates to their Raleigh show on August 12 (via News Observer). The hats, which came in black and pink, read “No hate in our state” on the front with a combined male, female and transgender symbol next to the slogan.
Before taking the stage, the Chicks tweeted that they stood against the bill, which is why they were going to supply the hats to all audience members. The group has not shied away from taking a strong political stand on matters they disagree with, but this was a particularly creative way to spread a positive message.
Those who have canceled their shows in North Carolina include Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Nick Jonas & Demi Lovato as well as Maroon 5. Other artists like Beyoncé have kept their scheduled dates, but released a statement protesting the bill or encouraged concertgoers to donate to an LGBT-friendly organization.
Check out the Dixie Chicks’ hats below.
Dixie Chicks (@dixiechicks) August 13, 2016
Dixie Chicks (@dixiechicks) August 12, 2016