“Don’t call me until you’re inclusive of everyone” might not be a catchy single for Canadian pop star and “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen, but these are the sentiments she expressed when backing out of a scheduled appearance at the Boy Scouts of America annual jamboree.
She released the following statement over her Twitter account on Tuesday:
“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.”
She follows the lead set by the band Train when they backed out of the same event last Friday.
Boy Scouts of America currently does not allow participation of “avowed” gay men and women or boys and girls because their stance is a “morally straight” one.
We’re still not sure what vows one takes to become gay.
Scouts Canada wasted no time in coming out with their own statement, reminding Canadians that they are devoted to inclusivity to all peoples regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
Scouts Canada youth commissioner Kaylee Galipeau was glad to take the situation to remind everyone of their inclusive stance, even going as far as extending an invitation for Jepsen to perform at their own annual jamboree in Alberta this July. So call them maybe?