"Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen said several days ago that she’d boycott a performance for the Boy Scouts of America because of the organization’s stance against gays, lesbians and transgendered people.
But while the U.S. boy scouts have struck out with Jepsen, Scouts Canada -- a separate organization, and one that doesn't exclude people based on sexual orientation -- invited the star on Wednesday to perform at its jamboree in the Great White North.
“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 on Monday. “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 of gay rights in this country and across the globe.”
Jepsen’s stance against the BSA came days after fellow performers Train announced they'd be backing out of the Jamboree unless the homophobic policy got changed. That decision was motivated by a Change.org petition posted a few days earlier by Eagle Scout Derek Nance calling on the artists to shed light on the BSA’s discriminatory policy.
“We’re proud to be hosting it here in Alberta and as a manager of special events for the jamboree, I’d just like to throw in there that we’d be totally welcome to having Train and Carly Rae come and play at our jamboree if they would so like to,” Kaylee Galipeau, chair of the national youth network for Scouts Canada, told CP24 in Toronto.
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“We accept boys and girls, we accept LGBT members, we accept people of all faiths,” Galipeau added. “It’s really just been an opportunity for us to remind people that we’re still here, we’re vibrant in Canada, we’re growing and we are open to everyone.”