Boy George: I would still play in Indiana, if they wanted me there
Boy George has said he would not boycott the US state of Indiana, despite many calling for one over a recently introduced “religious freedom” law which has been heavily criticised for allowing anti-LGBT discrimination.
Speaking in an interview with Larry King, the 1980s pop icon was critical of the law, but said he thought it was wrong to boycott the state over the heavily criticised Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).
“What do you think about the Indiana mess we’re going through?” King asked George in the interview.
“It’s kind of old-fashioned… It’s like ‘move on,’” replied the singer
When asked whether the former Culture Club singer would perform, if he were scheduled to appear in Indiana, George responded: “I always feel like it’s important to bring your music to the people that love you. So, if you’re depriving the little gay boys and girls of Indiana of your music, then that’s probably not a good thing to do.”
He concluded, saying: “I would kind of do a bit of research and find out whether they wanted me there. I’m sure there’s lots of people… ‘Indiana wants me,’ that’s a song isn’t it?”
Lawmakers in Indiana last week reached an agreement to update the law in order to specifically protect LGBT people from discrimination, but not before a multi-billion dollar corporation, Tim Cook, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna and many more called for a boycott of the state.
Scrubs stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison also offered to make pizza for same-sex weddings in the state, after a pizzeria declared it would use the new anti-gay law to turn away orders from gay weddings.
Nearly a million dollars have been donated to the owners of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana who said they would use the newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act to refuse to serve pizza at a gay wedding.