Lance Bass hasn’t let Mississippi’s recently signedcontroversial “religious freedom” legislation deter him from returning home.
The former 'N Sync member has watched as celebrities boycott shows across the state in protest of the bill, which allows religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to same-sex couples under a sincerely held religious belief.
Bass, who spent the last two days in his hometown of Clinton working to help build a community garden, is committed to bringing celebrities to Mississippi for a “love” concert.
“I think if we calmly talk about it, people will understand how wrong it is and that it is discrimination,” Bass said Wednesday. “I learned in church that if you don’t want bake a cake for someone, Jesus would bake a cake and take the opportunity to witness to someone.”
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Bass said he is working with entertainment promoters Live Nation “trying to bring people who are boycotting the state and bring them for love. We want to do something to raise money to fight this bill ... I want to bring my friends down here and show them that Mississippi is about love and we are the hospitality state. The world does not look at us as the hospitality state anymore.”
A tweet sent by Bass April on 6 tags singers such as Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and fellow Mississippian Hayley Williams, asking if they’d be willing to perform in Mississippi. He said a concert announcement will be made next month and that he’d like to have it in the Jackson area.
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