In light of the legislation being considered in Arizona which would allow business owners to justify the denial of services to same-sex couples on religious grounds—which is to say, allow state-sanctioned discrimination against the gay community—we want to say a few words.
YACHT is playing two shows in Arizona next month, in Tucson and Phoenix. This doesn’t represent tacit “support” of the state’s legislation. Some artists and public figures believe that a boycott of Arizona is an effective form of protest against the Arizona’s increasingly totalitarian policies. We don’t.
The political climate in Arizona right now seems to feed on a fear of difference: fear of immigrants, fear of people whose sexual orientations and religious beliefs are unfamiliar to an imagined majority. This fear doesn’t weaken when the offending parties avoid the state entirely—it grows stronger.
Punishing the citizens of a state for the actions of its government makes no sense to us, and imagining that the people in power entirely represent the people of Arizona is ludicrous. Kids in Arizona need weird bands and artists to pass through their towns, reminding them, if only for one night, that it’s okay to be exactly whoever they want to be.
I love how this guy in the Coyotes’ tag is saying how the fans didn’t exist until playoffs and how every Arizona teams’ fans are “flakes” and how we “are pieces of crap unanimously hated by ALL NHL fans”.