Tracy Morgan won’t be performing in Mississippi to protest a recently-passed law that is seen as discriminatory.
Morgan canceled his show at the Horseshoe Tunica Hotel and Casino in Robinsonville, Mississippi, which was scheduled for April 29. The show is part of his Picking Up The Pieces 2016 Tour.
According to the casino’s blog, Morgan released a statement explaining his decision.
“Tracy did not make this decision lightly. He very much looks forward to rescheduling his tour dates in the area after the ‘Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act,’ is either repealed or heavily amended.”
Guests will be able to get a refund for their tickets.
Morgan, a veteran of “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock,” is the latest performer to back out of performances in Mississippi and North Carolina over so-called “religious freedom” laws or “bathroom bills” that are seen as discriminating against the LGBT community.
On Monday, Pearl Jam and Boston canceled shows in North Carolina to protest a similar law.
In early April, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed a bill that he said was meant to “protect sincerely held religious beliefs and moral convictions of individuals, organizations and private associations from discriminatory action by state government.”
The bill allows religious organizations to deny services to LGBT people.
On April 11, singer Bryan Adams also canceled a concert that was scheduled for Mississippi. Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr and Cirque du Soleil have canceled shows in North Carolina.
Morgan came under fire in June 2011 for an anti-gay rant during one of his standup shows. His comments were perceived as highly offensive and he later issued a public apology.
In June 2014, the actor/comedian was involved in a deadly crash that left him badly injured and killed his close friend.