It wasn’t a hard decision for Carly Rae Jepsen to back out of this summer’s National Scout Jamboree . Earlier this month, the “Call Me Maybe” singer canceled her appearance at the nine-day event in protest of the Boy Scouts of America’s national ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders.
For her, it was all about standing up against a policy she just doesn’t believe in. “I mean, it was sort of one of those things that I kind of have my opinions about, and everyone’s entitled to their own, but it wasn’t necessarily something that I felt comfortable backing once I learned more about it,” she told MTV News about her decision.
She added, “And that being said here’s hoping they make the right decision and I’m praying that moves like this will help.”
Her comments mirror her official statement explaining why she won’t attend this summer’s Jamboree. She wrote, “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer. 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 was the second act to cancel her performance at the Jamboree, slated for July 15-24 in West Virginia. Train also pulled out of their slot after Eagle Scout Derek Nance started a petition to end the ban. “Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen,” the band said in a statement.
In a statement to MTV News on March 5, a Boy Scouts spokesperson addressed the two cancellations, saying, “We appreciate everyone’s right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our Scouts.”