The Boy Scouts of America lost the headlining acts for their 2013 National Scout Jamboree today after every scout's viral video crush and pro-gay lady Carly Rae Jepsen bowed out along with popular mom-rock, wine country band Train due to the organization's ban on gay members.
As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer...— Carly Rae Jepsen (@carlyraejepsen) March 5, 2013
Train, meanwhile, explained in a blog post last Friday that the band was "not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization." A Change.org petition from GLAAD and Eagle Scout Derek Nance calling for both artists to withdraw from the show apparently got their attention, however. The petition has over 65,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.
For their part, Train still has some respect for the Boy Scouts, saying in their blog post that they have "always seen the BSA as a great and nobel organization," but the band, "strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen." Leveraging their clout with soccer moms everywhere, the band also hinted that they would be happy to play the Jamboree should the Boy Scouts reverse their anti-gay policy. In January of this year, the organization seemed ready to rethink their policy, but delayed any decisions under pressure from conservative groups.
So far, the Boy Scouts have only responded with a simple statement, "We appreciate everyone’s right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great jamboree program for our Scouts."
Anyhow, time to break out the Save Me San Francisco Hella Fine Merlot and pour one out for the Boy Scouts, who are losing more and more support by the day.