The two artists kick off their joint Future Now Tour on June 24, and were scheduled to play in Charlotte on June 30 and in Raleigh on July 2. On Monday afternoon, however, they released a joint statement announcing they’re canceling those two shows in protest of the HB2 law passed by the state in March. Nicknamed the “bathroom bill,” it dictates which bathrooms transgender people can use.
”One of our goals for the tour has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are,” Lovato and Jonas wrote in identical Instagram posts. "North Carolina's discriminatory HB2 law is extremely disappointing, and it takes away some of the LGBT community's most basic rights and protections. But we will not allow this to stop us from continuing to make progress for equality and acceptance.”
They continued their statement by apologizing to fans for the disappointment and calling on them to stand up against the legislation — a message that North Carolina lawmakers will hopefully notice as well. "We know the cancellation of these shows is disappointing to our fans, but we trust that you will stand united with us against this hateful law,” they wrote.
Lovato and Jonas join a growing list of artists who have cancelled concerts in North Carolina, including Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, and Ringo Starr.