Carly Rae Jepsen drops out of Boy Scout Jamboree over gay ban
Carly Rae Jepsen has made it pretty clear, the Boy Scouts of America better not call her. Well, if they overturn their ban on gay scouts and scout leaders, maybe.
An email to the Juice* inbox said the 27-year-old was convinced by a Change.org petition by gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance, who asked that she not perform at the group’s annual Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia in July because of the BSA’s stance on gays. Some 66,000 people signed the petition, so Jepsen begged off the event.
“As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer,” she said on Twitter Tuesday. The Boy Scouts will be voting in May whether to overturn the policy.
The other act on the bill, the band Train, hasn’t canceled their appearance at the Jamboree, but said Friday they would if the policy didn’t change. “Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen. We have always seen the BSA as a great and noble organization,” they said in a statement. “We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then.”
Nance, who was in the Scouts for 10 years before coming out as gay, was thrilled with this announcement, saying in a statement, “A Scout is brave, and I’m thrilled that Carly Rae and Train have joined me in standing up for what is right. I hope the Boy Scouts of America also choose to be brave this May.”
As far as replacing Jepsen, we suggest the Scouts ask Ted Nugent if he’s available.