Wilco, which is a band that you’ll know if, like me, you were a depressed kid in college in the early 2000s, who thought that listening to whiny musicians would make you seem “cooler” to the other depressed kids in college in the early 2000s, has cancelled it’s Indianapolis tour date in protest over the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Misunderstanding of the law notwithstanding – after all, I can hardly expect an alternative rock band to be experts on Constitutional Law and the legislative process – the proclamation is sort of strange. Sure, they have a right not to perform in a place they deem “backwards,” even if there won’t be a single supporter of the law in Wilco’s audience, meaning they’ve deprived themselves of friendly Indiana money (their right under the free market, too). But a quick look at Wilco’s other tour dates, and it seems they’ve been awfully selective over which RFRA states they’re choosing to ignore.
Their tour has two upcoming dates in Texas (RFRA), then takes a jaunt through Louisiana (RFRA), then takes an extended trip through Florida (RFRA). Before heading into Canada, the tour touches down in Tennessee (RFRA), Missouri (RFRA), Kentucky (RFRA), and Arizona (RFRA). After they do a quick tour through Winnipeg, they’re back in the states with dates in Missouri again (RFRA), Illinois (RFRA), and Connecticut (RFRA). They end their tour in the safe liberal haven of California, where no one except the wildlife is protected.
So, if they want to be consistent, which I’m sure Wilco does, since they clearly have such strong values, they’ll have to cut at least 20 states out of their tour, including their home state of Illinois. That leaves a few open dates in Ohio, Massachusetts and Colorado, but really makes it tough for Wilco to earn a living. But, like I said, its their right to boycott Indiana. They just might want to think about who else will be attending their concerts.