Carly Rae Jepson says that it wasn’t a hard decision for her to back out of playing this summer’s National Scout Jamboree in protest of the Boy Scouts of America’s ban on gay Scouts and Scout leaders. Via MTV News:
For her, it was all about standing up against a policy she just doesn’t believe in. “I mean, it was sort of one of those things that I kind of have my opinions about, and everyone’s entitled to their own, but it wasn’t necessarily something that I felt comfortable backing once I learned more about it,” she told MTV News about her decision.
She adds that she’s “praying” that her boycott will convince the Scouts to see the error of their ways.
She added, “And that being said here’s hoping they make the right decision and I’m praying that moves like this will help.”
Her comments mirror her official statement explaining why she won’t attend this summer’s Jamboree. She wrote, “As an artist who believes in equality for all people, I will not be participating in the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree this summer. 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.”
So far, neither her prayers nor her boycott seem to be swaying the Scouts.
In a statement to MTV News on March 5, a Boy Scouts spokesperson addressed the two cancellations, saying, “We appreciate everyone’s right to express an opinion and remain focused on delivering a great Jamboree program for our Scouts.”