Carly Rae Jepsen, the artist behind last year’s ubiquitous hit “Call Me Maybe,” has officially backed out of her commitment to the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) National Scout Jamboree because of the organization’s anti-gay policy. Jepsen said the following over three tweets this morning:
JEPSEN: 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.
Train, the other band booked for the Jamboree, similarly said this weekend that it would only perform at the summer event if the BSA changed its policy before then.
Both performers had been the target of a petition by out Boy Scout leader Derek Nance, calling on them to condemn the Scouts for their policy banning gay Scouts and leaders. At the end of January, the Scouts announced they were considering ending the policy at the national level, but as conservatives retaliated against the proposal, they delayed taking action until May. A February poll shows that 55 percent of Americans support lifting the ban on gay Scouts.