NBA Pulls All-Star Game From North Carolina Over HB2

NBA Pulls All-Star Game From North Carolina Over HB2

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Rejoice basketball fans (outside of North Carolina)! The NBA just pulled the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, North Carolina. Why? House Bill 2, of course — the heinous “bathroom bill” legislation limiting protections for queer citizens.

NBA officials said they hope to bring the 2019 All-Star Game to Charlotte, provided “an appropriate resolution to this matter.” The NBA only gave its decision now because state legislators took another look at the law. Unfortunately for, well, everybody, they decided they liked the law how it was — hateful — and let it stand.

In a statement, the increasingly unpopular Governor Pat McCrory said: “American families should be on notice that the selective corporate elite are imposing their political will on communities in which they do business, thus bypassing the democratic and legal process.”

Considering the backlash he’s received over HB2, perhaps Gov. McCrory is the one “imposing political will”. Of course — since these types of people never think they could be wrong about anything — McCrory insists that the backlash is part of a conspiracy on behalf of the LGBTQ community…. riiiiiiight.

The NBA will announce the new host of the 2017 All-Star Game in the next few weeks. Reportedly, New Orleans is the favorite, though other candidates include Chicago and New York.

We’re reminded of the Peabody Award-winning Boondocks episode “Return of the King“, where after Martin Luther King, Jr. comes back, all Black members of the NBA sit the season out until troops were pulled out of Iraq.

Of course, even within the queer community, reactions are mixed to the effectiveness of a North Carolina boycott — but considering they gave up $100 million, it’s evidence that bigotry doesn’t pay.

(Featured Image via Keith Allison/Flickr (Charlotte Hornets photo) and Hal Goodtree/Wikimedia Commons (Pat McCrory photo))

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