Arizona music lovers won't be seeing Stars anytime soon.Closet hipsters. Can there be a more nefarious, terrifying force?
The Canadian indie-popsters are boycotting the state over its controversial new immigration law allowing police to ask anyone for proof of U.S. citizenship — a situation that frontman Torquil Campbell likens to Nazi Germany.
"This law is the thin end of an extremely frightening wedge," he charged. "Anybody who can't see that, I think, isn't looking closely enough."
"This specific law is the turning point in a growing sense of underlying racism — anger at there being a black president, anger at minorities beginning to become a part of the economic life in America. There are some scary forces in that country, and they are starting to be legitimized by the media, and it is important that right now, people start to take extremely strong stands against those people. Because this is what happened in Nazi Germany. This is exactly what happened.
"If we don't stop this s--- right now, I really fear for North America in general," he said. "I think it's terrifying."
Torquil revealed the band's stand via their Twitter account earlier this week. In the days since, he's been bombarded with reaction from people on both sides of the issue.
"I'm getting a lot of letters from the Latino community in Arizona and they are in support of what we're doing almost unanimously," he said. "And I've also had a lot of abuse from closet racists disguised as hipsters."
Meanwhile, NYC Comptroller John Liu of the Working Families Party compares Arizona to apartheid South Africa. I wish these people would corrdinate their message a little betetr. Is it Nazi Germany or South Africa? Can someone maybe work in a Pol Pot or Stalin analogy?
Nearly two dozen New York City Council members and other city officials gathered on the steps of City Hall Thursday to announce a resolution to condemn the law.
"This is the ugly head of apartheid rearing its head in Arizona," city controller John Liu said. "And for the same reason that New York boycotted South Africa more than 20 years ago, some kind of boycott needs to take place now to send a message."