State Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Mt. Juliet, sponsor of Tennessee’s controversial transgender bathroom bill, was directly targeted for celebrity criticism at the Bonnaroo concert by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, reports The Tennessean.
“Susan Lynn — she’s promised to bring it back when the session resumes in the fall,” Vedder said from stage to the thousands gathered to hear the headlining set at the four-day music festival.
“Well Susan, I don’t know Susan, do you know Susan?,” Vedder asked the locals in the crowd. “She’s your representative. You want her to represent you, yeah?
“Susan, I’m just going to say something as nice as I can to Susan.
“Dear Susan: Susan there’s a timeline right? This is the present. You’re all in the present. I can see you’re in present. I am in the present. This is past. And that’s the future is this way. You don’t want to preclude us from getting into the future. I want you to be on the right side of the future.
“Because this generation, this generation, and the ones to come they’re more tolerant, they’re more understanding, they’re more empathetic of others. And Susan you can either be part of history or you can be history. These people want you to make the right decision, am I correct?
“Let Susan know,” he pled to the crowd, who cheered and clapped.
“Susan’s made a promise to do this, we want to tell Susan: Susan, look, it’s OK in this case to break your promise. You’d be very proud, I believe.”
Then the band launched into their hit Daughter.