RALEIGH, N.C. — Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore is among the latest to decline to do business in North Carolina due to his personal beliefs about homosexuality and gender identity, a move that some are actually applauding as a good result of the state’s controversial new law.
“I have asked my distributor NOT to book my film in any theater in North Carolina due 2 their bigoted law against LGBTQ ppl. They have agreed,” Moore Tweeted on Thursday.
The filmmaker is currently promoting his new documentary “Where to Invade Next,” a film that “examines how Europeans view work, education, health care, sex, equality, and other issues.”
“From cafeteria food to sex ed, Moore looks at the benefits of schooling in France, Finland and Slovenia. In Italy, he marvels at how workers enjoy reasonable hours and generous vacation time. In Portugal, Moore notes the effects of the decriminalization of drugs,” an outline of the film reads.
But in response to Moore’s announcement, some remarked that the results of North Carolina’s new “bathroom bill” aren’t so bad.
“Hey, SOUTH Carolina is considering a similar law! Better boycott us, too, just to be on the safe side,” one wrote.
Others chimed in with “please boycott TN as well” and “add PA as well.”
Last week, a pornography site also announced that it was blocking access to North Carolina residents out of its objection to the legislation, which some applauded as well.
As previously reported, last month, North Carolina lawmakers passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act after the Charlotte City Council voted to expand the city’s non-discrimination ordinance to add provisions for homosexuals and those who identify as the opposite sex—including in regard to restroom and locker room use.
“Public agencies shall require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility to be designated for and only used by persons based on their biological sex,” the legislation reads in part. “Local boards of education shall require every multiple occupancy bathroom or changing facility that is designated for student use to be designated for and used only by students based on their biological sex.”
Gov. Pat McCrory promptly signed the Public Facilities Act into law on the same day of its passage, and later released a fact sheet to clarify what he believed were misunderstandings about the content of the ordinance.
“Businesses are not limited by this bill. Private individuals, companies and universities can adopt new or keep existing nondiscrimination policies,” it read in part. “[I]f a privately-owned sporting facility wants to allow attendees of sporting events to use the restroom of their choice, or install unisex bathrooms, they can. The law neither requires nor prohibits them from doing so.”
“This law simply says people must use the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate,” McCrory outlined. “Anyone who has undergone a sex change can change their sex on their birth certificate.”
McCrory issued an executive order last week to reiterate many of the items in the fact sheet, and called upon lawmakers to present legislation that would allow homosexual and transgender residents to sue for discrimination in employment matters.