March 5, 2013


Carly Rae Jepsen Pulls Out of Boy Scouts Event, Decries Anti-Gay Policy


After facing criticism from GLAAD for scheduling a show at this summer's Boy Scouts Jamboree, Carly Rae Jepsen has pulled out of the concert because of the organization's exclusionary policy toward gay people.

"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," Jepsen tweeted early this 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."

Train—who were also slated to play the Boy Scouts event—admitted they were unaware of the controversy and stated they would only play if the organization changed its policy before then. "We look forward to participating in the Jamboree this summer as long as [the Boy Scouts of America] make the right decision before then," the band said in a statement.

Right now the Boy Scouts' executive board is scheduled to vote on changing its controversial policy in May—two months prior to the Jamboree—which means Train could still be performing. But for CRJ, there's no maybe: She's out.

Suggestion to the BSA: If you're not going to change that senseless, offensive policy, see what Elton John is up to this summer. After all, he was fine playing the wedding of noted homophobe Rush Limbaugh.