Carly Rae Jepsen, proprietor of the infectious earworm known as “Call Me Maybe,” has withdrawn from a scheduled appearance at this summer’s Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in West Virginia, citing the organization’s anti-gay stance. The singer announced her decision, as is the fashion of our times, on Twitter. “As an artist who believes in equality for all people,” she said, “I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer.”
GLAAD’s vice president of communications Rich Ferraro released a statement soon after, declaring the organization’s support for Jepsen and commended her strong stance. “No fair-minded media outlet, corporation, or celebrity will want to partner with the BSA as long as the organization puts discrimination and anti-gay bias before the needs of young people,” he said.
In a less threatening move, the late-'90s adult contemporary soft rock group known to a few people as Train also announced that they will withdraw from the Jamboree barring a change in Boy Scouts anti-gay policy.
The Boy Scouts voted in February to uphold the organization’s long-standing ban on gay members and leaders. Major sponsors such as UPS and Intel have since withdrawn their support.