Carly Rae Jepsen has canceled a concert appearance for the Boy Scouts of America because of her opposition to the organization’s controversial policy banning openly gay members. The 27 year-old Canadian singer announced her withdrawal from July’s National Scout Jamboree on Twitter.
Jepsen – whose music has few traces of politics, egalitarian or otherwise – threw her hat into the ideological ring Tuesday morning, tweeting her support of the “ongoing battle for gay rights” as “an artist who believes in equality for all people.”
Jepsen’s cancellation comes on the heels of another Jamboree headliner’s tentative dropping out: the band Train said yesterday that they would only play the July concert if the Boy Scouts of America makes “the right decision before then” — a reference to a meeting in May, when the policy will go up for a vote.
In protesting the Boy Scouts’ policy, both Jepsen and Train acknowledged a petition on Change.org that encouraged them to remove themselves from the concert’s lineup. The petition, started by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, has supporters that number in the tens of thousands.