Carly Rae Jepsen cancels Boy Scouts Jamboree gig over anti-gay policies
Carly Rae Jepsen is standing up for what she believes in.
The 26-year-old singer has dropped out of her scheduled gig at the 2013 National Boy Scouts Jamboree, citing the organization's ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders.
"As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer," she Tweeted on March 4.
"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," she continued.
The news comes in response to an online petition started by gay Eagle Scout Derek Nance, which called for Jepsen and "Drops of Jupiter" band Train to "step down as the headlining acts" at the national celebration in July.
The petition explains how projected attendance for the event is "over 50,000 Boy Scouts, Venturers, volunteers and staff," and how among those individuals are "countless LGBT young people who are forced to hide who they really are, in fear of being kicked out of the organization they love."
Train announced last week that they were canceling their scheduled performance, saying that they weren't aware of the organization's policies.
"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," the band wrote in a statement obtained by MTV. "Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen."
At the time of this writing, the online petition had over 66,000 supporters.
The Boy Scouts of America released an official statement on March 5, saying: "We appreciate everyone's right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great jamboree program for our Scouts."
The celebration is set to take place at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, and has featured a number of prestigious acts in past years. In 1953, actress and singer Debbie Reynolds performed, while in 1985 famed group The Beach Boys rocked the stage. In 2005, President George W. Bush spoke at the event, talking about the importance of Scouting, while in 2010 there was controversy when President Barack Obama chose to appear on "The View" instead.
Jepsen is known for her singles "Call Me Maybe," "Good Time" and "Tonight I'm Getting Over You," as well as for her second studio album, "Kiss," which was released in September 2012.
Train is known for their hit 2001 song "Drops of Jupiter," as well as for their 2009 song "Hey, Soul Sister" and it's corresponding album, "Save Me, San Francisco." The band also released their sixth studio album, "California 37," in 2012.
Do you think Jepsen and Train did the right thing by canceling their performances? Vote in our poll below!