Cirque du Soleil Declines to Do Business in North Carolina Over Beliefs About Homosexuals, Transgenders

TotemRALEIGH, N.C. — An international entertainment company that performs artistic shows about the theory of evolution, imagined goddesses, and other storybook-type fantasies has announced that it is declining to do business in the state of North Carolina due to its beliefs about homosexuality and transgenderism.

Cirque du Soleil (French for “Circus of the Sun”) is a Quebec-based entertainment group that travels the globe to present fantastical performances that “invoke the imagination, provoke the senses and evoke the emotions.” As previously reported, since 2010, the company has been regularly offering “Totem,” a presentation that features a storyline based primarily on evolution.

“Totem traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly,” Cirque’s website explains. “The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Inspired by many founding myths, Totem illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species. Somewhere between science and legend Totem explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.”

On Friday, officials with Cirque du Soleil announced that they were declining to do business in the state of North Carolina because of their strongly-held beliefs that conflict with a newly passed law that requires those who use restrooms at government facilities to select the lavatory that correlates with their birth gender.

“Cirque du Soleil strongly believes in diversity and equality for every individual and is opposed to discrimination in any form. The new HB2 legislation passed in North Carolina is an important regression to ensuring human rights for all,” the company said in a statement.

“We therefore choose to cancel our scheduled performances of OVO in Greensboro … and our scheduled performances in Charlotte … and our scheduled performances of TORUK–Avatar in Raleigh,” it explained.

Cirque du Soleil explained that the principles and convictions of its owners prohibit the company from doing business in the state, and that its actions were meant to serve as in influence on society.

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“Cirque du Soleil believes in equality for all. It is a principle that guides us with both our employees and our customers,” the company said. “We behave as change agents to reach our ultimate goal of making a better world with our actions and our productions.”

It offered a refund to those who purchased tickets, stating that it hoped customers would understand the Cirque du Soleil’s motivation.

As previously reported, rocker Bruce Springsteen recently canceled a concert in North Carolina due to his objections to the law.

“I feel that this is a time for me and the band to show solidarity for those freedom fighters,” Springsteen said. “It is the strongest means I have for raising my voice in opposition to those who continue to push us backwards instead of forwards.”

To make a point, a petition was soon launched in support of Springsteen’s right to refuse service because of his beliefs.

“[Springsteen] has that right, and so should every business person,” the petition stated. “He did so, even though he knew it would cause financial harm to those who had non-refundable hotel reservations and non-refundable airline tickets. He did so, even though he knew he was causing financial harm to people who had no control over a decision he disagreed with.”

A pornography site also announced that it was blocking access to North Carolina users last week out of its objection to the legislation, which some applauded as a good result of the law.


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  • The Last Trump

    Ahh, the glaring hypocrisy of the liberal left.
    Folks, be sure to follow Cirque du Soleil as they play in Dubai from September 16 to the 24th.

    Yes. Dubai. You know, where samesex marriage is banned outright, as is gender reassignment surgery and adoption by samesex couples. With the penalty, of course, merely DEATH.
    Yeah, their money is still good but, NORTH CAROLINA! Egads! Forget about it!
    Hee, hee! You really can’t make this stuff up. 🙂

    • Nidalap

      Yep. If this cause were REALLY important to them they would cancel those tours as well. It just shows that there must be some other reason behind their “protest”…

      • Ambulance Chaser

        Like what?

        • Nidalap

          One suspects, the approval of their peers in the entertainment business…

        • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

          Like the liberals pandering for the LGBTQ votes, besides pandering for the votes of the Blacks, Hispanics, unions, feminists, the poor n/or lazies/irresponsibles, etc.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Neither Cirque du Soleil nor Bruce Springsteen is running for any office. How does a circus run for office anyway?

          • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

            R u dumb.? …….They r liberals who support liberal politicians n oppose conservative politicians. Similarly, liberal politicians support liberals n their liberal voter-bases, n target/victimize/prosecute/persecute conservatives in their govt policies.

            Hence, the liberal AG of California is prosecuting the conservative investigative journalist whistle-blower who had exposed the selling of aborted baby parts by Planned Parenthood.
            ……. Hence, the Obama-administered IRS targeted non-profit conservative groups for ineligibility for tax-exempt status.

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Once again, you’re all over the map. Can you try to stay on topic, please?

            What does Cirque du Soleil not performing in North Carolina have to do with liberal politicians getting elected? And try to answer without mentioning irrelevant nonsense like the IRS or California.

    • gizmo23

      Do you buy gasoline from Muslim countries ?

      • The Last Trump

        No.
        You?

        • Slidellman4life

          Bad move. He’s trying to change the subject so you end up defending yourself and he never has to answer to the actual subject at hand, because he can’t, and he knows it. Say nothing more to him, and remind those in the future that you are not the topic. If they won’t drop it, flag them for harassment and trolling.

          • The Last Trump

            Yeah, giz and I are old buddies. No worries.
            And yes, the trolls around here are attracted to me like moths to a flame.
            And, not surprisingly, they always get burned!
            Thanks for the heads up though! 😉

          • Josey

            hehehe

          • acontraryview

            Well you do provide multiple opportunities for attraction based upon your posts.

        • gizmo23

          Yes I buy gasoline

        • acontraryview

          And you know this, how?

          • Ronald Carter

            He only buys the gasoline made in the United States, preferably the Republican ones.

    • Michael C

      It’s a gesture. A symbolic show of support. I don’t think it’s a policy of theirs.

      • Slidellman4life

        It’s hypocrisy, no matter how you dress it. Period.

        • acontraryview

          So then it would also be hypocrisy to, for example, bake a wedding cake for a couple where either or both had been previously divorced for reasons other than adultery, even though such a union is clearly against the Christian belief system, but refuse to bake a cake for a same-gender wedding, by citing the Christian belief system, right?

        • gizmo23

          Do you buy Chinese products? Do you buy gasoline from Muslim countries?

      • The Last Trump

        Symbolic alright! But symbolic of what?
        Just call it what it is Mike.
        Glaring hypocrisy.

        • Michael C

          Sure, like opening the facebook app on your ipad to share a tweet about boycotting paypal.

        • acontraryview

          Kind of like a florist who will do arrangements for a wedding where either or both of the couple have been divorced for reasons other than adultery, but refuse to do arrangements for a wedding involving two people of the same gender?

          Glaring hypocrisy like that?

          Or would it be more like a florist who will make a delivery flowers for the birth of a child to unwed mother, but won’t do arrangements for a same-sex wedding?

          Glaring hypocrisy like that?

          Or would it be like a florist who would make arrangements for an engagement party for a couple who was having sexual relations, but won’t do arrangements for a same-sex wedding?

          Glaring hypocrisy like that?

          Or would it be like a baker who would make a cake for a wedding where they couple were taking their vows before a god other than the Christian god, but won’t bake a cake for a same-sex wedding?

          Glaring hypocrisy like that?

          Or would it be like a county clerk who has no problem issuing a marriage license (or receiving one herself – several times) to people who have been divorced for reasons other than adultery, but not to two citizens of the same gender?

          Glaring hypocrisy like that?

          Gosh, there’s so many to choose from….and that’s just a small sample.

          It’s OK to respond with “All the above”. That is certainly the most accurate answer. Oh, and please refer to the story about the plank in the eye regarding future comments.

        • gizmo23

          When do you stop using the internet?

    • Josey

      Yep, pay pal did the same thing backing out of their contract to do business in N.C. but yet they do business in five muslim countries who kill and are against sodomites. Hypocrites, the whole lot of them and irony at it’s best.

      • acontraryview

        Doing business in a location, and choosing to place a base of operations where employees are hired and subject to laws in the state, are two completely different things.

      • gizmo23

        I’m sure you buy Chinese products, use the internet, buy gasoline, etc from countries and businesses that do things you morally object too.

    • acontraryview

      “Yeah, their money is still good but, NORTH CAROLINA! Egads! Forget about it!”

      Kind of like some bakers. Sure, they’ll do a cake for a couple where either of them have been divorced for reasons other than adultery, or a cake for a baby shower for an unwed mother, or a cake for wedding where the couple is taking their vows before a god other than the Christian god, or an engagement party cake for a couple who is having sexual relations, or a cake celebrating a divorce. Yeah, their money is still good but, SAME SEX MARRIAGE! Egads! Forget about it!

      Hee, hee! You really can’t make this stuff up. 🙂

    • gizmo23

      The NFL put pressure on Georgia so no more watching football

      • Peter Leh

        no he supports the wife beaters and murders… just not the homosexuals

    • gogo0

      do you think these businesses can pressure Saudi Arabia, Dubai, and other countries into changing? I don’t think so.
      do you think they can pressure North Carolina into changing? the companies boycotting NC have a much better chance given how much commerce NC is losing because of it.
      its called picking your battles

    • Peter Leh

      good thing we on the right have no hypocrisy. 🙂

    • Gott Mit Uns!

      Red herring.

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    The benefits of this decision continue to roll in. Congratulations to North Carolina! Soon you will have to manufacture your liberal propaganda locally if you really want it!

  • Reason2012

    Coca-cola, Starbucks, Microsoft, google, and numerous other companies signed a letter condemning the North Carolina bill.

    All these companies were asked why they oppose the North Carolina bill while simultaneously conducting business with countries that lock up and execute those into transgenderism and those into homosexuality.

    No response.

    • Josey

      Not surprised, I think they are afraid other states will follow suit and hopefully they do! Disney and Amc is on that list as well, Christians should not take vacations to Disney world, hurt them in their pockets, probably a lot of Christians go to Disney’s amusement parks for they pretend to be family oriented but promote the sodomite, transgender, promiscuity, witchcraft in their shows. Pray, pray and pray somemore 🙂 The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

  • Josey

    N.C. will be better off not to have this circle of freak show there. I’m considering moving to N.C. myself..heh

    • LadyFreeBird♥BlessedBeTheLord

      It is beautiful there.

  • Gott Mit Uns!

    I applaud Cirque du Soleil’s courageous stand in support of American values.

    • ComeOnPeople!

      You applaud immorality and encourage the downfall of society . Read your history.

  • Alley Oop

    Oh, dear, homosexuals in leotards are boycotting us!

  • acontraryview

    ““[Springsteen] has that right, and so should every business person,” ”

    Every person does have the right to choose to not do business in NC. No petition is needed for that.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      Right. “North Carolina” is not a protected class.

      • ComeOnPeople!

        NC has the right to celebrate those not wanting to do business with them for standing up to the circus going on in the world. Think I shall drive on over to NC and spend some money there to let therm know there are people around who still celebrate morality along with them.

  • Lexical Cannibal

    An international entertainment company that performs artistic shows about the theory of evolution, imagined goddesses, and other storybook-type fantasies…

    Even as a frequent dissenter, I have to acknowledge a slick burn when I see one.

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    All good Christians should also boycott this Circus du Soiled – the law of ni4ni.

  • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

    Good for North Carolina. Less money flowing out from the local economy in North Carolina. Less income for this gay-circus n Bruised Springsteen.
    .
    This was why the German rulers/princes protected Martin Luther from the Holy Roman Emperor when he ‘protested’ against the influential Roman Popes who had been selling indulgences in Germany n all over the Holy Roman Empire in Europe n bleeding the local German economy like a parasite.
    …….This religious ‘Protest’ culminated in all-out war about 50 years later(= in the late 16th century) between the kings/princes/rulers of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Scandinavia, etc, against those of France, Spain, Portugal, etc.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    North Carolina will be a happy state as so many filthy entities are staying out of or leaving it.

    • Peter Leh

      a very consistent statement, Grace. bravo.

  • Chip01

    I think signs should be used…
    “Today this business will discriminate against….” And then you can fill in who you wish to discriminate

    It’s not fair not to have this sign.
    People should know before coming into the store.

    What’s wrong with that idea?

  • Peter Leh

    as is their right. Don’t say you will boycott while you still use Facebook, PC or Mac

  • ComeOnPeople!

    Stick to your guns NC and you shall chase away all the intolerant Gay , lesbian , transgender and baby murderers . Poor NC , they will not get to enjoy the cesspool with the rest of the world.

  • Kevin Morris

    More common sense in a baboons arse

  • Herb Planter

    not suprising considering dancers n all. ill just quote a comment from the paypal story that should shed some light on this lunacy.

    What about discriminating against 99+% of the population? Women and little girls that expect to be able to go to the bathroom without a man who merely has to pretend to feel like a woman walking in on them? If you wish to support perversion and pedophilia, you only show the vast percent of American who are Christians how anti-Christian and pro-immorality and pro-perversion you truly are.

    The logic is “That man feels like he’s a woman, and it’s discrimination to make a man who FEELS like a woman use the bathroom with men (But it’s NOT discrimination to make a woman who IS a woman use the bathroom with men)”. Behold the hypocrisy of the whole “you’re discriminating against them” claim.

    And notice the twisted logic: It’s “discrimination” to force a man who merely “feels” like he’s a woman to use the bathroom with males! So he ADMITS it’s discrimination for what he feels is a female to be forced to use the bathroom with males! Yet he demands all females be discriminated against by being forced to use the bathroom with the few males in life just because they “feel” like they’re really a female.

    Behold the anti-logic, anti-common sense of perversion activists.

    post made by – Reason2012

    • TheBottomline4This

      There have already been stories in the news about men who aren’t trans pretending to be in order to gain access to bathrooms.

  • TheBottomline4This

    North Carolina will do just fine without any rock stars doing a concert or a group like Cirque du Soleil not doing a performance. There are many companies, etc. standing with North Carolina. If you don’t like the state of NC and their stand, go to California. CA accepts all kinds of perversions there.