Carly Rae Jepsen Pulls Out Of Boy Scouts Jamboree Over Gay Rights

Robbie Daw | March 5, 2013 9:49 am

The Boy Scouts Of America’s 2013 National Scout Jamboree is scheduled to take place this summer from July 15 – 24 at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, but one artist who won’t be earning their badge this time around is Carly Rae Jepsen. The Canadian “Call Me Maybe” diva was set to perform at the nine-day camping celebration, but announced today via Twitter that she’s pulled out of her scheduled gig due to the Boy Scouts’ archaic stance, if we do say so ourselves, on gay rights and the organization’s ban on gays serving as scout leaders.

Jump below to see how Carly set fire to the timber that was the Scouts’ hopes and dreams.

Below is a series of tweets Jepsen posted today.

The Boys Scouts’ position on gay rights isn’t exactly just-breaking news, so one wonders why Carly bothered to sign up for the performance in the first place. One reason could be that she simply wasn’t aware until Train, who was also set to take part in the Jamboree, decided to pull out of their appearance last week.

The California band posted the following statement on their blog on Friday (March 1):

“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.”

We say good for them, but enough about us — what do you think of Carly Rae and Train canceling their performances for the Boy Scouts’ annual get-together? Let us know below, or by hitting us up on Facebook and Twitter.