After being turned down by Carly Rae Jepsen and Train, the Boy Scouts of America announced yesterday that they had found a musical act desperate enough to play the annual National Scout Jamboree, happening tonight at a private location in West Virginia.
The news is mostly shocking because nobody has voluntarily listened to 3 Doors Down since 1999, but more so because the band’s involvement with and profit from the BSA has aligned their image with an anti-gay message. After lifting a ban on gay youth earlier this year, the BSA will begrudgingly “allow” gay youth to attend tonight’s concert, so long as they’re accompanied by a heterosexual adult because LGBT folks over 18 are not “allowed” inside the annual Jamboree.
Previous acts turned down the event after receiving over 60,000 signatures from a Change.org petition launched by GLAAD and Eagle Scout Derek Nance. When contacted by GLAAD, 3 Doors Down’s management declined to comment, which is industry lingo for “leave us alone, we really need the money, you guys.”
But GLAAD isn’t having that nonsense. The organization released a statement condemning the band’s decision last night:
“Rather than promote an organization that actively discriminates against gay Americans, it’s time 3 Doors Down step into 2013 and withdraw their support of the Boy Scouts, joining musicians like Madonna, Train and Carly Rae Jepsen in speaking out against the Scouts’ discriminatory policy. The Boy Scouts took an important first step by allowing gay youth to participate, but if the organization expects support from celebrities, corporations and the majority of Americans who believe in fairness for all, Scouting must be open to gay parents and committed leaders over the age of 18.”
Joining a growing list of celebrities, corporate partners including Merck, UPS, Intel, Caterpillar, and Chipotle, among others, have recently severed ties with the organization.
It goes without saying that tonight’s event will be a major flop. Everyone knows a Scouting Jamboree is nothing without Shelley Long.