No maybes about it: Carly Rae Jepsen has cancelled her appearance at the Boy Scouts of America National Scout Jamboree this summer, as a result of the organization’s policy on gay members and leaders. “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 wrote in the first of three tweets Tuesday morning. “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.”
Jepsen, the Mission, B.C., native who became a pop music superstar last year with her monster hit Call Me Maybe was supposed to headline the West Virginia concert in July, along with California rock band Train.
Both have now pulled out of the event, which is expected to attract about 50,000 people.
The video for Call Me Maybe has attracted close to 420 million views on YouTube.
Train issued a statement Friday urging the organization to end the gay membership ban. “When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization,” Train said in a statement on their website. “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. We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer, as long as they make the right decision before then.”
An online petition launched by gay Eagle Scout and former Boy Scout camp leader Derek Nance called on Jepsen and Train to denounce the Scouts’ ban on gay Scouts and leaders. The petition has attracted more than 65,000 signatures on change.org.
“After serving 10 years as a Boy Scout camp leader, I decided I couldn’t lie about who I was any longer and came out as gay,” Nance wrote in the petition. “Now, because of the Boy Scouts of America’s hurtful anti-gay policy I’m no longer allowed to be part of an organization that has been an instrumental part of my life.”