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GLAAD Calls On Train, Carly Rae Jepsen To Boycott Boy Scout Jamboree

jepsen trainAfter GLAAD learned that Carly Rae Jepsen and Train were announced as the headliners for the Boy Scouts’ 2013 National Scout Jamboree, they called on the chart-toppers to turn down the BSA until it rescinded its ban on gay scouts and leaders.

There’s been no word back from Miss “Call Me Maybe,” but the members of Train responded, saying they’d only rock the jamboree, which kicks off July 15 in Mount Hope, West Virginia, if the Scouts lifted its ban.

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.

Fronted by Pat Monahan, the San Francisco rock band first formed in 1993, and has several chart-topping hits including “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” “Hey, Soul Sister,” and “Marry Me.”

A Change.org petition has been started to get Jepsen—who has been supportive of same-sex marriage and the LGBT community—to speak out as well.


Photos: Tabercil

    • Harley

      The SCOTUS said that as a private organization the BSOA can discriminate. THAT SAID, it doesn’t mean you won’t experience repercussions for embracing bigotry. Just like Westborough Baptist Church has freedom of speech to say what they want,it doesn’t mean they wont face the repercussions in that they are isolated from the community as pariahs. Lets hope Kepsen will respond in kind with Train. I don’t want to have to delete my Call Me, Maybe video from YouTube. Lol.

      Mar 2, 2013 at 8:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MikeE

      Give Carly Rae Jepson a bit of time.
      She’s Canadian, and in Canada, the Boyscouts organization does NOT discriminate against LGBT members. This MAY be news to her, it may be something she’s not expecting.

      Mar 2, 2013 at 9:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dionte

      Carly, call them maybe?

      I need to make people more aware of the BSA policies, off to twitter and google+.

      Mar 2, 2013 at 11:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • boring

      This is actually GLAAD’s subversive attempt to stop shitty music from being played in a live Setting.

      Mar 2, 2013 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • iBLOW

      Carley Ray Jebson needs all the booking she can get her album flopped, I’m wondering why they booked her anyway, what boyscout that ISN’T gay would want to hear her music.

      Mar 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones

      Considering the video for CRJ’s “Call Me Maybe”, perhaps this is the BSA’s way to try and prove they are not anti-gay bigots.

      Mar 2, 2013 at 3:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice

      The Scouts may end up having to hear Ted Nugent instead.

      Mar 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • FStratford

      They can have CRJ as long as the hot guy on the video of Call Me Maybe ends up reenacting the scene where the guy wanted another guy instead of CRJ.

      This should live be on stage and in front of all the boy scouts!

      Mar 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caleb in SC

      @boring: LMFAO!!!

      Mar 3, 2013 at 6:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 1EqualityUSA

      The boy scouts are being trained to be SWAT teams now and fight enemies for homeland security. Lovely. The new merit badge will be for being an, “Explorer.” The FBI and government is behind this militarization of the scouts. Mormons are entwined as well. Mama, don’t let your babies grow up to be boy scouts.

      Mar 3, 2013 at 7:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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      Mar 3, 2013 at 8:07 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MuscleModelBlog.com

      Hopefully the BSA will change their archaic policy. When I was a scout, I definitely remember that homosexuality was technically not allowed…hopefully things will change.

      And as someone else pointed out, perhaps CRJ didn’t know about the policy since she is from Canada…like I’ve said in other posts, I always try to give people the benefit of the doubt.

      Mar 3, 2013 at 5:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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