Carly Rae Jepsen Bows Out of Boys Scouts Jamboree Concert
Until yesterday, both Carly Rae Jepsen and Train were scheduled to perform at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree, set for July 2013. However, Train pulled out on March 4, and Jepsen did the same today. Both acts cite the organization’s ban on gay members, leaders, and volunteers as the reason for their decisions.
Jepsen released a statement on Twitter, in which she said: "As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer. I always have and will continue to support the LGBT community on a global level and stay informed on the ever changing landscape in the ongoing battle for gay rights in this country and across the globe."
Prior to Train’s and Jepsen’s decisions, a petition to get both artists to bow out went up on Change.org, and GLAAD additionally pressured the “Call Me Maybe” to turn down the gig. The petition, as of yesterday, received 1.4 million signatures.
The BSA has considered lifting its ban, with information about this decision leaked in January. A definite conclusion is expected to be made in May. Train, in its statement, mentioned they would return if the organization reverses its current stance: “We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then."
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