The AP Poll

SHOULD BANDS CANCEL CONCERTS FOR POLITICAL REASONS?

There’s a fine line between a band making political music and a band shoving their political message down your throat. Sure, an impassioned political rant from a musician onstage can often be met with cheers from the audience and positive headlines to follow. But what if said musician doesn’t even show up to the gig for political reasons? When Indiana passed their controversial “religious freedom” law—criticized by many as anti-LGBT—alternative rock band Wilco canceled their May performance in the state. The response from fans has ranged from “Good on you!” to “You shouldn’t punish your fans [who have already purchased tickets] because of old politicians.” So, how much of a political stand is appropriate for a band to take? Is it okay for musicians to cancel their shows for political reasons?

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