Carly Rae Jepsen, singer of "Call Me Maybe" (you're welcome for screwing your afternoon with that ear worm!), has withdrawn her participation in this summer's Boy Scouts Jamboree, after an online petition from gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance asking her and Train not to perform for the organization because they still ban gay members got tens of thousands of signatures and garnered attention from GLAAD.
This morning, Jepsen tweeted: "As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer..."
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 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.
The Boy Scouts of America board members are set to vote again on the policy sometime in May. In a press release this morning, Nance, who came out and left the Scouts earlier this year, said, "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." Good work, all around! (Except for the Scouts board, so far.)